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After the summer break and there are only eight races to go until the end of the season of Formula 1, in the paddock they are not wasting time for 2022. This week several changes have been announced on the grid of the great circus. Kimi raikkonen He announced that he was retiring at the end of 2021 after twelve years in F1 where he has already become a legend. After the announcement, his Alfa Romeo was free and it will be Bottas who leaves Mercedes and occupies Raikkonen’s car, breaking the successful Mercedes partnership he formed with Lewis Hamilton.
The puzzle is not taking long to complete and is that Mercedes has quickly found a replacement for Bottas, this same Tuesday they announced that it will be the British George Russell who will form a pair with Hamilton in 2022. Russell has shown great talent in his years as a pilot for Williams and it is time to see how he will work with the Mercedes, which is a great step in the British career.
After these movements on the grid there are still three holes to fill for the following season. In Alfa Romeo it is necessary to confirm who will be Bottas’ partner this season Giovinazzi He is the one who drives the Italian car and despite the fact that there are several rumors in the driver market, Giovinazzi took the Alfa Romeo to seventh place in the Dutch race, imposing his candidacy to remain a driver of the team in 2022. On the other hand there are rumors that Mick Shumacher can occupy the place of the Italian, thus breaking the team with Mazepin with which he does not get along particularly well, which would leave a new gap in Haas.
Latifi He is in the same situation as Giovinazzi, he currently competes with the Williams team, but although everything points to him completing a third season with the team, there is still no confirmation if he will continue in 2022. Waiting for confirmation, Williams has both cars Free now that Russell has made the leap to Mercedes. It seems that Red Bull would be interested in placing Alex albon in one of the Williamses, who claim deserves a spot in a Formula 1 seat, but fear that Mercedes could block the movement. Alpha Tauri and Aston Martin have not yet confirmed their 2022 drivers, but everything indicates that they will continue with the same drivers as in the recent season.