Wolff Hints Alfa Romeo, Williams F1 in Running for Bottas-Russell as Mercedes F1 Decision Looms

Published 08/18/2021, 4:59 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Monaco Grand Prix – Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco – Mercedes Executive Director Toto Wolff in the FIA Press Conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS


George Russell and his probable move to Silver Arrows next season have been a matter of speculation for months now. The 23-year-old is heavily rumoured to replace Valtteri Bottas at Mercedes to teaming up with the seven-time world champion, Lewis Hamilton.

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Meanwhile, Mercedes team principal, Toto Wolff, believes that regardless of their decision for the second seat at Silver Arrows, Valtteri Bottas and George Russell will have great options in Formula 1  next season.

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What did Toto Wolff say?

As quoted by GPFans, when asked about George Russell and Valtteri Bottas’ future in Formula 1, Toto Wolff said, “George and Valtteri would have probably more than one option to stay in Formula 1 and race in Formula 1 with an attractive outlook.

“Most teams see themselves as challenger teams, that they expect a big step to be done next year because of the cost cap that is now valid for everybody.

Formula One F1 – Austrian Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria – July 4, 2021. McLaren team principal Toto Wolff before the race Pool via REUTERS/Christian Bruna.

“They’ve concentrated on next year’s development very early, you can see that Alfa, Williams haven’t brought in an enormous amount of pieces anymore for a while. I think George and Valtteri would have, whatever we decide, great options,” added Wolff.

What’s going on in the drivers’ market regarding Mercedes’ Bottas and Russell

As Formula 1 reached the midway point, drivers’ future in the pinnacle of motorsport is up in the air. And so does the future of Bottas, who is rumoured with a move away from Mercedes next season.

Valtteri Bottas has been under fire at Mercedes because of his unconvincing performances this season. And according to the rumor mill, the Finnish driver has been tipped to join either his former team, Williams, or Alfa Romeo.

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Whereas, George Russell, who is in the last year of his contract, is rumoured to join Silver Arrows next season. The Mercedes junior academy product has been impressive in his 2021 campaign, and he even scored his first points with Williams at the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – April 18, 2021. Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas and Williams’ George Russell in action during the race REUTERS/Jennifer Lorenzini.

The young Briton drew everyone’s attention when he replaced Lewis Hamilton during the 2020 Sakhir Grand Prix when the latter tested positive for COVID-19. In addition, Russell is considered as the frontrunner to teaming up with Lewis Hamilton next season. Furthermore, Williams’ team principal, Jost Capito, has already confirmed earlier this year George Russell will stay at the Wantage-based team if Mercedes renews Bottas’s contract.

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Pingaksh Sharma

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Pingaksh Sharma is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been following this sport since India hosted the Grand Prix in 2012 and has been an ardent supporter of the eventual race winner, Sebastian Vettel. He is also a fan of Max Verstappen and Red Bull and hopes the former breaks the Lewis Hamilton dominance.

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