During the summer break, Toto Wolff will decide on the Mercedes fates of George Russell and Valtteri Bottas.
During the summer break, Toto Wolff will make a choice on Mercedes’ second seat.
Toto Wolff, Mercedes team principal, believes he will have an answer for both Valtteri Bottas and George Russell’s futures at the team during Formula One’s summer break in a few weeks.
Bottas and Russell are both out of contract at the end of the season, and both are vying for the second seat alongside Lewis Hamilton at the seven-time world champions.
Since 2017, the Finn has been with Hamilton and has helped the team win back-to-back championships and dominate the championship since 2014.
However, since youthful Mercedes driver Russell stepped in for Hamilton last season, concerns have surrounded the 31-year-old.
After Hamilton contracted COVID-19, Russell stepped in for the seven-time world champion at the Sakhir Grand Prix.
The 23-year-old Williams driver was on track to win on his F1 debut but a botched pitstop and a puncture reduced him to P9, his first and only point in the sport.
However, when asked about it, Wolff stated categorically that discussions will take place during the August summer vacation.
“I think it’s crucial for George and Valtteri to know if they’ll be driving next year, and that’s going to happen,” Wolff said before of qualifying for the British Grand Prix Sprint event on Friday.
“In Spa, I expect some questions.”
Meanwhile, Bottas underlined his desire to keep his spot with Hamilton, conceding that the pair is a “very powerful team” in their current form.
“First and foremost, I don’t want to think that way; I always try to think positively, and I know what I want: I want to stay with the team – that’s the best chance for me to win races next year and challenge for the championship,” he said ahead of the British Grand Prix on Thursday. “For some reason, if not, I will explore for alternative options in Formula 1 because I adore the sport, I enjoy it, and I believe I still have a few years ahead of me.
When asked how he would react if Mercedes fired him, the Finn said it would be a major shift in his attitude.
He continued, “I’m being honest, and certainly, it would be a different kind of thinking.”
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