07/21/2021 at 12:55 PM CEST
Mercedes has already closed the renewal of its seven-time champion Lewis Hamilton, who will remain in the team until 2023. Now it remains to decide who will be his boxing partner. The actual, Valtteri Bottas, it is on the tightrope after underperforming so far this season. Despite the fact that Hamilton himself has emerged as his strongest defender and wants the Finn to continue with the ‘silver arrows’, his future is uncertain. George Russell, Mercedes youth squad and current Williams driver, wants the steering wheel of Bottas and presses all he can.
At Silverstone, where it became clear that he is one of the idols of the British fans and was applauded at every outing on the track, he let go that if Mercedes does not have him for next year, he could sit down and talk to the ‘enemy’, Red Bull. Response from Toto Wolff, Brackley’s team boss was emphatic: “If George talks to Red Bull, I’ll be at that negotiating table too. It’s important for both him and Valtteri to know as soon as possible where they will be next season. I look forward to more questions about this topic in Spa “.
Now Wolff has ensured that negotiations with Bottas They will start during the next Hungarian Grand Prix (July 30-August 1). The decision will not be easy, since the implementation of the new regulations and growing rivalry with Red Bull require Mercedes to have a competitive duo to the maximum. Bottas this year started with quite a few problems, although in the last three races he has finished on the podium (3rd in Styria, 2nd in Austria and 3rd in Great Britain).
“We have agreed to sit down with Valtteri and negotiate in Budapest at least. We will see what happens. We are studying all kinds of options in case we do not continue with the team. It may not be the best time to change teams, but the situation is the same. what it is and we will try to make the most of it, “he said. Wolff in statements published by the Austrian press.