As George Russell prepares to accompany Lewis Hamilton, Valtteri Bottas’ Mercedes reaches the end of its chapter.
After causing a massive pile-up at the start of the Hungarian Grand Prix, Ralf Schumacher believes Valtteri Bottas’ career at Mercedes is done.
Valtteri Bottas’ time at Mercedes is done, according to Ralf Schumacher, after the Finn caused a massive pile-up at the start of the Hungarian Grand Prix, removing three cars from the race, including his own.
Bottas, who started second on the grid, was out of shape on the first lap, completely missing his braking spot and colliding with McLaren’s Lando Norris. Sergio Perez and Max Verstappen in the Red Bull had troubles as a result of the incident, and the red flag was displayed early on.
Verstappen was able to continue despite his car hobbling, but it was game over for Bottas, Perez, and Norris, who were all eliminated from the race.
Following the summer break, the Finn was given a five-place grid penalty for instigating an accident in the Belgian Grand Prix.
Bottas is fighting tooth and claw to keep his Mercedes position after rumors surfaced that he could be replaced by Williams driver George Russell.
When asked if this would influence the team’s decision next season, Wolff stated categorically that it would not.
Schumacher, on the other hand, believes it could be the start of the Finn’s demise.
“I definitely rule out Bottas intentionally causing the crash,” Schumacher told Sky Sport.
“He is presently battling for a Formula One seat and was completely down.”
I feel the Mercedes chapter is done for him, and I’m guessing he’s now negotiating with Williams or Alfa [Romeo].
“Such a colossal blunder doesn’t help at all – and he knows it.
A red flag prompted all of the vehicles to return to the pits, and the heavens opened during the formation lap that followed.
With the exception of leader Hamilton, all drivers elected to return to the pits for a second time when the rain stopped.
As the lights went down, Hamilton was the sole driver on the grid, but the gamble didn’t pay off, as Mercedes directed Hamilton to enter the pits.
“Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes handed away the victory when Hamilton was the only driver who did not pit and change tyres before the restart,” Schumacher said.
“Toto Wolff [Mercedes team principal] has stated that he will.
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