“I Don’t F**king Care” – Wolff Reveals Bottas’ Reaction to Hamilton’s Mercedes F1 Deal

Published 07/06/2021, 6:10 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Steiermark Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria – June 27, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton with Valtteri Bottas after finishing second and third respectively REUTERS/Darko Vojinovic


Lewis Hamilton recently put pen to paper to a new Mercedes deal that sees him on the grid till the end of the 2023 season. Unfortunately, his teammate Valtteri Bottas runs out of contract at the end of the season and is yet to sign a new one.

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When he was asked by the Brackley-based squad whether he was okay with Lewis’ deal being announced at the Austrian Grand Prix, Bottas gave an answer in line with his no-nonsense personality.

Valtteri Bottas didn’t care about when they announced his teammate’s new deal

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The seven-time world champion has agreed to a two-year contract extension, which means he will play a crucial part in how Mercedes transit into next season with the new regulations in place.

The Finn, whose future is clouded by uncertainty, didn’t have much to say about the new deal signed by Hamilton. Team principal, Toto Wolff was asked about how Valtteri reacted to the news.

Wolff stated that Valtteri said, “Well I don’t f*****g care.”

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The second Mercedes seat is up for grabs

With one of the drivers being secured for the next two years, the seven-time constructors’ champion must shift their attention on who will drive alongside Hamilton next season.

Bottas has his contract running out at the end of the season and is yet to be offered a new deal. Meanwhile, down at Williams, George Russell is also another candidate to drive for the Silver Arrows. And being part of the Mercedes junior driver program, surely makes him one of the favorites.

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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

In fact, Russell also has his contract expiring at end of the season with the Grove-based team and certainly has his eyes on that season seat.

Who do you think Mercedes should go for, Bottas who has made himself a known figure in the team’s garage, or the highly underrated George from Williams? Let us know what are your predictions down below.

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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