HILARIOUS: Amid Bottas-Russell Decision, Mercedes Turn to a Fan Favorite Third Option

Published 08/06/2021, 11:29 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary – July 30, 2021 Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas in action during practice REUTERS/Florion Goga


Shifting teams causes a stir in the internet, across fandoms. Lionel Messi’s exit from Barcelona Football Club had its own effect. As tweets took over the internet, the Mercedes twitter admin took their shot, and as always, it landed perfectly. In the light of “silly season” at F1, does Mercedes have a seat for the football legend?

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When Messi first told the club he’s leaving, Mercedes posted a comical screenshot of them approaching Messi in 2020. In the light of recent events, Mercedes revisited their old tweet, implying their seat is still waiting.

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Important summer break for Mercedes

The announcement of Hamilton’s extended contract with the Brackley outfit left many wondering about his future teammate. The second seat at Mercedes has two main contenders – Valtteri Bottas and George Russell. Toto Wolff has spilled nothing regarding a bias towards either driver, allowing the speculations to rise. Wolff, however, promised to decide by the end of the break.

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A disastrous start to the Hungarian GP, people suspected that the collision would rob Bottas of his seat. Wolff commented, “No, the mistake was unfortunate with big consequences…it doesn’t influence at all the decision.” 

After Hamilton’s announcement, the team boss revealed, “[We are] also happy Valtteri’s racing in Austria, in my opinion, was really good and he needs to consolidate that. He’s a known factor. In the same way, we know the strength and weaknesses of George, and that decision is going to be made during the summer.”

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Formula One F1 – Austrian Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria – July 4, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton during the race REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

A week into the break, and there’s no news from the Mercedes office. Wolff and his team must choose between the incumbent Bottas and the budding Mercedes junior. If the Finn stays, 2022 will mark his sixth season with the Silver Arrows while Russell will certainly stay will Williams. However, if the Williams driver gets the coveted seat, it is believed that Valtteri may move to Alfa Romeo.

Regarding the two drivers, Wolff said, “We value them both for their strengths and for what they can contribute to the team.”

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As Wolff makes his decision, all eyes are on the sister W12, and who will be the champion’s teammate.

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Shreya Sanjeev

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Shreya Sanjeev is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having attained a journalism degree from St Xavier's College, she finds comfort in the sound of her keyboard while typing and excitement in the sound of F1 cars speeding on a track. A street circuit and Daniel Ricciardo fan through and through, Shreya claims the 2018 Monaco GP to be one of her favorite races of all time.

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