The team principal Mercedes Toto Wolff has repeatedly said that the future of Valtteri Bottas, and at the same time that of George Russell, it will be decided in the course of the summer. The first great opportunity to announce – possibly – the British driver would be in his Silverstone, also considering the full 140 thousand people expected on the historic circuit.
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In Great Britain they are hoping for it, and so is the former driver Martin Brundle: “I wouldn’t be surprised if Russell joins Mercedes next year, alongside Lewis Hamilton. Why not announce it at Silverstone? It would be the perfect place. I admire Valtteri, because he is a great driver and does an incredible job considering that he has someone like Hamilton at his side. But if you were in charge of Mercedes you would wonder if Bottas is the right man to win the World Championship when Lewis retires in two, three, four years. And the answer is no“He told the British broadcaster Sky Sports F1. “I hate to say it, but it cannot be said that if Lewis had retired Valtteri would be dominating. So, I think Mercedes needs to take a young talent and make him a leader right awayr “.