The Formula 1 market, very quiet in recent months, is shaking unexpectedly in recent weeks. The key: Valtteri Bottas’ position in Mercedes.
George Russell, a pupil of Toto Wolff and current Williams driver, seems to be one step away from closing his promotion to the dominating team of the last years of the Formula 1 and the Finn will have to find a place in other places.
Where will we see Valtteri Bottas in 2022? Following the announcement that made the two-year renewal between Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes, the future of the Finnish driver is the talk of the driver market.
Bottas wants to stay in F1, a wish that he will be able to fulfill even though the alternatives are decidedly few due to the huge number of two-year renewals signed last year.
For the Finn in recent months there has been a lot of talk about the possibility of Williams, the team that led him to his debut at the Gran Circo in 2013 and catapulted him to Mercedes in December 2016.
However, last weekend the rumor emerged in the paddock of Silverstone that Bottas’ main choice was not the British team, but Alfa Romeo.
The Swiss team will say goodbye to Kimi Raikkonen at the end of the season, and for now Antonio Giovinazzi is also awaiting confirmation.
Frederic Vasseur and the owner of the equipment, Finn RausingThey are not in a hurry, aware that they are one of the few alternatives left on the market, but facing the summer break, all the candidates will be on the table at the Hinwil headquarters.
bottas tops the list and, according to rumors from Silverstone, there have already been contacts between the Finn’s representative and Vasseur to sound out the negotiating option, with a positive response.
The recent multi-year renewal with Alfa Romeo has given stability to the team, and for Bottas the presence of Vasseur, his team manager in the two years he spent in Formula 3 as well as in GP3, the championship he won in 2011, is of great importance. before making the leap to F1.
The relationship with Vasseur would guarantee Valtteri the security of entering the team with the utmost esteem and confidence, an aspect that should not be underestimated when choosing a driver.
When asked about the possibility of seeing Bottas driving a ‘Giulia’ in 2022, This Wolff skillfully dodged the question. “The Quadrifoglio is a good car!” He replied, smiling. “Valtteri has speed, he has character and he is a team player, which is very important in the dynamics of a team.”
From what we saw at Silverstone, Bottas seems determined to fully respect the team’s decisions that have so far allowed him to win nine Grands Prix and obtain 17 pole positions, but he is now aware that the races remaining until the 2021 season are his last. who will dispute with Mercedes.
Then the future will be in his hands, as Williams’ option will allow him to remain tied to the umbilical cord of Mercedes or turn the page with Alfa Romeo.