Bottas: I would have left Mercedes myself

Driving the fastest car for several years, Valtteri Bottas did not achieve much success, but every year they signed a one-year contract with him, until this season it was decided to invite George Russell, a participant in the youth program for the next year.

Speaking about parting with Mercedes on the Beyond The Grid podcast, the Finn talked about how the decision was made …

Valtteri Bottas: “There was no such thing that Toto Wolff just told me that next season Russell will become Hamilton’s partner. But he understood that at some point we need to make a decision.

By that time, I had already decided for myself that if Mercedes did not offer me a two-year or longer contract, I would leave the team. I asked a simple question: can he offer me a contract for two years or more? And he said that he would not be able to make such an offer now.

Then everything was simple. It was quite natural in such a situation to invite George Russell, who had worked with the team for many years and was part of their youth program. He is a racer of a new generation, this is how our sport develops. George got the opportunity to develop, become more experienced and even faster – Mercedes did not want to miss this opportunity. And everything is good for me, I am happy. “

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