In all likelihood, Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes teammate by 2022 will emerge from George Russell and Valtteri Bottas. The guesses, of course, keep going: many have already predicted Russell’s announcement for the British Formula One Grand Prix, and Bottas has already been brought together with several teams. According to the strongest voices, the Finn may even continue in place of his compatriot, Kimi Räikkönen, at Alfa Romeo.

Mercedes has previously clarified that the decision will have to wait until the summer break. However, team boss Toto Wolff has revealed that no matter which decision they make, the fate of the other pilot will be taken care of, no one will be left in the lurch. However, he made all this known to the world in such a way that it was difficult not to read from his words that Bottas was leaving.

“If we make a decision to give someone else an opportunity, it’s not because of their relationship with me, but because they have a great future because they deserve it,” he pointed to Russell in Austrian words, then switched to Bottas. “He’s the teammate of the best Formula 1 rider of all time. That’s not easy to shine, but it performs great. ”

Wolff then added that if Williams’ young talent were to be chosen, it would help the Finnish pilot find a seat in the field. “Rather, it will be a strategic decision whether to stay with the current lineup or be a little more reckless next year. But we will sit down with both pilots to negotiate and make a decision. ”