As the “Daily Mail” reported, Mercedes is considering changes to its lineup after the Finns begin this year.
voltMercedes-Benz may fire Altteri Bottas before the end of the season, and George Russell will become Lewis Hamilton’s new teammate, as published in the Daily Mail today.
The news in this British newspaper comes from an anonymous source from Mercedes. According to him, the team has lost confidence in Bottas. The anonymous source said: “Because of Valtteri, some turbulence has occurred in the factory.” He said: “He is not ready yet. This is clearer in what we saw Russell doing in Bahrain. He was referring to the fact that last year he was almost beaten by Mercedes, when the British had to replace Lewis Hamilton.
The fact that Bottas did not meet expectations at Mercedes is not new. During his time with Hamilton, he achieved 44 victories, nine of which were Finns. When Russell replaced Hamilton in Bahrain (Sakhir Grand Prix), the young Englishman clearly beat him in the competition.
With the powerful Red Bull Racing, the fierce competition for the team title can speed up the premature shooting of Bottas. The British newspaper said: “Mercedes is difficult to win this season. Therefore, a second driver alongside Hamilton is more necessary than ever.”
The final decision will be made by Toto Wolff, the head of the Mercedes team, who continues to publicly support Bottas. The information concluded: “Pierre Gasly and Alexander Alben always get the same public support in the Red Bull Racing team, and we know its results…”.