It looks like there will be a driver change at Mercedes soon.
The Finn Valtteri Bottas is to give up his cockpit, a young Briton will follow.
Brackley - New Formula 1 season, old Valtteri Bottas *: The Finn did not get off to a good start in the first six races.
After the Mercedes * driver has been a topic of discussion for years, it will probably cost him the job this time.
According to consistent media reports, his departure after the season is fixed.
Formula 1: Mercedes is making a change - Russell instead of Bottas
report that Bottas' contract will not be renewed at the end of the season.
At the same time, the change from George Russell * to the Silver Arrows should be perfect.
Mercedes boss Toto Wolff * inaugurated the young Williams driver by phone.
Bottas is only sixth in the drivers' championship and has actually already said goodbye to the fight for the world championship title.
Compared to his team mate Lewis Hamilton, he is almost always slower, and there was also bad luck with a completely screwed pit stop in Monaco, which resulted in the end of the race.
Video: Bottas contradicts Wolff
So what many have expected for a long time will soon happen: Russell will replace the Finn as the second driver at Mercedes.
When the 23-year-old represented Hamilton in Bahrain last season, he duped Bottas straight away and was only deprived of the well-deserved victory by a faux pas by the pit crew.
His performance made an impression anyway and is now apparently rewarded.
Formula 1: Do Bottas and Russell swap cockpits?
Bottas may switch directly to Williams in return - he won't get too many other options.
But he doesn't want to give up just yet.
“I think we'll start contract talks next month.
I certainly still have a few good years in which I can develop myself further and simply become better, ”he is convinced.
But will Mercedes give him the chance?
Russell should "stand by", it is said.
Wolff is even represented in the management of the Englishman - what is going to go wrong there?
Lewis Hamilton found out in Baku that things can go wrong on the track.
Sebastian Vettel, however, revealed a disgusting secret *.
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