Valterri Bottas may be on his method out at Mercedes – however Lewis Hamilton has backed his crew mate with an aesthetic message of assist. It seems more and more probably that Bottas, 32, will probably be changed by George Russell for the 2022 season, with Toto Wolff admitting he has already made the choice. However talking forward of the Dutch Grand Prix at Circuit Zandvoort this weekend, Hamilton mentioned his focus was on “proper now” and never who he could also be partnering subsequent season.
Finnish driver Bottas joined Mercedes from Williams in 2017 following the shock retirement of Nico Rosberg, and since then he and Hamilton have secured 4 straight Constructors’ titles.
The 36-year-old British driver has additionally captured all 4 Drivers’ championships in that interval.
They continue to be on the right track for a fifth in 2021 regardless of solely holding a slender seven level lead over Pink Bull.
“My focus proper now could be, me and Valtteri have a job to do,” mentioned Hamilton, when requested in regards to the hypothesis over subsequent season.
Nevertheless, one other probably vacation spot is Alfa Romeo, after Finnish compatriot Kimi Raikkonen introduced he will retire on the finish of this season on Wednesday.
Bottas would not be drawn on that hearsay however was filled with reward for the 2007 world champion.
He had a spectacular and lengthy profession in System 1, one of many longest if not the longest,” he mentioned.
“He had an influence on me as a teen, I used to be following him intently when he began in F1, I used to be following his season when he received the world championship.
“At the moment I used to be doing my first season in single-seaters in System Renault when he received his title with Ferrari. He’s clearly an enormous star in Finland, he’s a little bit of a legend.
“It undoubtedly all the time was good enjoyable to look at him and it’s been good additionally racing with him as a result of he’s one of many drivers that if you he race with you’re fairly snug going wheel to wheel. He’s all the time had good respect to his competitors, and that’s the way in which I like racing.”