In a triple driver merry-go-round, Valtteri Bottas teases a contract announcement.
Valtteri Bottas has hinted that he will sign a contract for the 2022 Formula One season as his current Mercedes contract expires. The Finn is expected to quit Mercedes at the end of the current season.
Valtteri Bottas has hinted that he will soon put an end to speculation about his Mercedes future. Bottas has been the subject of much speculation about where he will race next season.
On Monday, the 32-year-old shared a photo of a stunning balcony view of the boats in Monaco’s harbor on Instagram.
A piece of paper with a pen on top of it was on the table in front of him, implying that it was a contract or some form of agreement.
George Russell is rumored to be joining Mercedes to replace Bottas, who is rumored to be joining Alfa Romeo.
While watching the US Open tennis competition, Niko Hulkenburg, who is presently a reserve and development driver for Aston Martin, also posted a picture of a paper and pen to his social media.
Russell’s replacement at Williams is expected to be the German, who is currently without a contract for the 2020 season.
Mercedes’ Formula E driver Nyck de Vries was rumored to be in talks to replace Russell at Williams earlier this month.
“Mercedes wants to keep a place they can make available to their junior drivers (as happened with Russell), and the Williams seat is, in fact, the only viable opportunity,” said Motorsport.com’s Italian office.
“With no young drivers ready to step up from Formula 2, Mercedes is considering offering the opportunity to one of their Formula E drivers, and De Vries appears to be the frontrunner.”
Hulkenberg was also named in the report as a driver Williams would consider if Russell left, and he now appears to be the lead runner.
Russell finished second in the tumultuous Belgian Grand Prix this weekend, his maiden podium appearance.
Heavy rain, however, prevented spectators from witnessing the duo’s struggle, and just two circuits of the track were completed behind the safety car.
This was done to create the illusion of a race and allow drivers to be awarded points.
The drivers were only given half of the “Brinkwire Summary News” because fewer than 75% of the authorized laps were completed.