Jerez, Spain: Mercedes AMG PetronasTeam leader; Toto Wolff, tries to make a statement regarding an issue involving his driver; Valtteri Bottas. The issue is related to Bottas’ replacement in the middle of Formula One (F1) 2021.
Wolff ensures Bottas will continue to be Lewis Hamilton’s teammate, at least until F1 2021 ends. So, Wolff ensures Bottas will not be replaced with Williams racer George Russell in the middle of this season.
According to Wolff, there is no reason for Mercedes to part with Bottas this season. Unless Bottas can’t participate in the race for some reason, it is only a substitute racer that he uses.
“Yes, of course (Wolff’s answer when asked if Bottas would remain Hamilton’s team-mate throughout F1 2021). Unless he has a cold and can’t race. However, for the rest I don’t see any reason to change (the composition of the riders), “Wolff explained, quoting from the official Formula One website.
According to various reports, the reason for Bottas’ disposal was because the Finnish racer did not deliver promising results from the first three series of races that have taken place during the 2021 season. Bottas was only able to finish in third position as his best achievement so far.
Even in the second series race; At the Emilia Romagna F1 GP 2021 Bottas did not bring home any points because he collided with Russell while racing at the Imola Circuit.
With these results, now Bottas also has to settle for the fourth position in the F1 drivers’ standings in 2021. Bottas lost to his teammate Lewis Hamilton who was in first position and also Max Verstappen (Red Bull Racing) and Lando Norris (McLaren).
For the problem of Bottas’ not optimal performance, Wolff felt that it was just a matter of discussion. He likened Mercedes to Bottas’ relationship as a husband and wife couple, of course, if there is a problem, it is not finding a replacement, but communicating with each other to find the best solution.
“If you are unhappy with your wife and then you start looking for something else, it won’t improve the relationship. I try to improve the relationship with my racer and try hard to achieve the best results with him, before I start teasing other people (drivers), “continued Wolff.
Furthermore, Bottas will prove at the Catalunya Circuit when the 2021 Spanish GP F1 takes place. The fourth series race to be precise falls on Sunday, May 9, 2021.