Red Bull motorsport advisor Helmut Marko believes that returning to his former team is the only logical option for Valtteri Bottas if Mercedes does not extend his contract after this season. Bottas is driving his fifth season with Hamilton in the World Cup after Rosberg surprisingly withdrew from Formula One after winning the 2016 World Cup, and the Finn finished second in just two of four seasons behind teammate Hamilton who was the champions in all the seasons.
This season, Bottas has had a few tough moments like a crash with Russell in Imola and a chronic lack of speed in the last race in Azerbaijan, and rumors are growing that Mercedes could opt for Russell next year who delighted last year in Bahrain behind the wheel of Hamilton Mercedes F1 W11.
Marko believes that replacing Russell and Bottas is the only logical option in this situation, but emphasizes that they currently have no place in their two teams. "It would be a logical step," Marko told F1-Insider.
"Because Mercedes won't be able to keep Russell for long." “Bottas doesn’t have to call us. We have no place. ” “The only thing I can imagine is a replacement with Russell. I think Williams is the only option for him.
Bottas about extending his contract
Bottas made his Formula One debut in 2013 in Williams after appearing in as many as 15 first free practice sessions on Fridays in 2012 and achieving nine podiums in four seasons, and on the eve of the French Grand Prix, he says he has not yet started talks about his future at Mercedes.
“First of all, we haven’t talked yet because this is a pretty demanding championship and you know how important it is to have peace of mind so you can focus on performance,” Bottas said. "The time will come.
I believe we should start talking in the next month or so. I know from previous experiences that it is better for us to start as soon as possible. " “I am quite open and I think that in life you should always take advantage of the opportunities you have and you never know what awaits you.
Clear goals are what motivates you and what has brought me this far and I always want to follow my heart and my passion. ” "I still enjoy Formula 1 and racing at the top of the standings, I still enjoy it as much as I did in my first season with Mercedes ."