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Mercedes mid-season axe rumours “bulls**t” - Bottas

Mercedes mid-season axe rumours “bulls**t” - Bottas

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Mercedes mid-season axe rumours “bulls**t” - Bottas

Mercedes mid-season axe rumours “bulls**t” - Bottas
Ian Parkes & Will Gray

Valtteri Bottas has shot down rumours he could be replaced at Mercedes by George Russell during this season.

Williams driver Russell is chasing a move to the F1 champions for 2022 as the culmination of his rise through the ranks of the Mercedes junior driver programme.

Over the winter it was suggested he might step in a year early after impressing as a temporary replacement for Lewis Hamilton late last season, and rumours have now surfaced that a mid-season move could be on.

Following a rollercoaster ride on track this season, asked if the rumours were distracting, Bottas replied: “No, because I know that I’m not going to be replaced in the middle of the season.

“As a team, we don’t do that. I have a contract for this year and I think there’s only one team [Red Bull] that does that kind of thing in F1 and we are not that. So, no pressure from my side.

“I know how things are, there’s always bullshit around, but that’s part of the sport.”

Whether a mid-season move happens or not, there still remains a significant question mark over the Finnish driver’s future at the team beyond the end of this season.

Asked if he is confident of staying at Mercedes next year, Bottas added: “I don’t know at this point, it’s early days. I haven’t really thought about next year.

“My core focus is on here and now because that’s all that matters and that will normally bring a good future.

"So I have no idea, and at the moment, I don’t care. I am just focusing on this year and putting every thought and bit of energy into that.”

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I don't think it's fair to ask a driver if he is going to be replaced by another driver during the season. I'm no fan of bottas and would have preferred to have seen russell in the merc seat this year. But like bottas said, only red bull do that to their drivers. However, next year he is out for sure!!!

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I don't think it's fair to ask a driver if he is going to be replaced by another driver during the season. I'm no fan of bottas and would have preferred to have seen russell in the merc seat this year. But like bottas said, only red bull do that to their drivers. However, next year he is out for sure!!!

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The high speed crash at Imola between the two aspirants of Mercedes seat Bottas and Russell sparks the click of this years mercedes team drivers.

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