Stroll-Wolff Connection Means This Astonishing Mercedes-Aston Martin F1 Driver Swap is Possible: Villeneuve

Published 08/03/2021, 8:27 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary – August 1, 2021 Second placed Sebastian Vettel of Aston Martin and third placed Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes on the podium after the race Pool via REUTERS/Florion Goga


The most talked-about seat in Formula One is the one at Mercedes. Valtteri Bottas is in his last year of contract with the Brackley-based team and is rumored to be replaced by George Russell.

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Former world champion, Jacques Villeneuve feels that the Silver Arrows should go for Lance Stroll, which would see Bottas join Aston Martin for 2022. He thinks Lewis Hamilton might not like Russell drive alongside him as he can be a threat to his championship hopes.

Villeneuve feels Wolff should consider bringing in Stroll to replace Bottas at Mercedes

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Russell is heavily linked to Mercedes, ever since his one-off for them at the Sakhir GP, where he filled in for Hamilton. The Brit is also in his last year of contract with Williams is tipped to join the Silver Arrows for next season.

However, the 97′ world champion doesn’t think he would be a good fit and suggest that team boss, Wolff look at Stroll as an option.

Formula One F1 – French Grand Prix – FIA Press Conference – Circuit Paul Ricard, Le Castellet, France – June 17, 2021 Aston Martin’s Lance Stroll during the press conference FIA/Handout via

Villeneuve said, “For me he [Bottas] could move to Aston Martin in place of Lance Stroll, who would go to Mercedes. Stroll senior’s dream, very close to Toto Wolff, is to see his son winning Championships. And Toto needs a place for Valtteri.”

“For sure Hamilton doesn’t like Russell as a team-mate. Better someone like Bottas, who doesn’t bother him,” he concluded.

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Where can Bottas secure his future?

The Finn has been part of the team since 2017. Bottas has helped the Brackley-based squad pick up four constructor’s champions with the help of his teammate, Hamilton. However, it seems that their partnership is coming to an end, as Bottas is in his last year of contract with the Silver Arrows.

The 31-year-old is said to be replaced by Williams’ Russell. However, nothing is set in stone just yet, but Bottas hasn’t been offered an extension too. Hence, Finn might be looking elsewhere on the grid for a team that can assure him a seat for the 2022 season.

Formula One F1 – French Grand Prix – Circuit Paul Ricard, Le Castellet, France – June 19, 2021 Third placed Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas during the press conference after qualifying FIA/Handout via REUTERS

Alfa Romeo and Williams are heavily linked with Bottas. But can Valtteri set his game up for the remainder of the season, and convince Wolff & Co to give a new deal that would see him behind the wheel of a Mercedes next year as well?

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Let us know your predictions for Bottas’s future in the comments below.

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Arpit Gomes

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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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