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Game over for Valtteri Bottas, but won’t leave F1 quietly

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Mercedes is completely ready to announce the deal of George Russell, who will race as Lewis Hamilton’s teammate for 2022 F1 season. That means existing speedy Valtteri Bottas will not continue at Silver Arrows for upcoming season.

Former F1 racing driver and well know F1 commentator Martin Brundle and David Croft who is the Sky F1 lead commentator recently claims that they are expecting the news regarding the Mercedes-Russell deal to be made official at the British GP this weekend.

While newly the Finnish racer Toni Vilander states that “Mercedes-Bottas Game is over”.

“Then it’s game over for Valtteri,” racing driver and Finnish pundit Toni Vilander told the broadcaster MTV.

“You could tell it was in his mind already, the most important thing for Mercedes was to confirm that Hamilton is staying part of the team. So now the main pillar is in place. the Finn added.

“I don’t think Russell would be happy to sign another Williams agreement. You could say that Hamilton’s two-year contract will be his last, in which case the next champion will be raised next to him.

“Unfortunately, these are all things that Valtteri has little influence over.”

The news source Motor Sport asked regarding the future-plan after the Mercedes exit. The Finn said he love the racing, especially love F1, so it’s definitely he won’t leave F1 quietly.

31-years old Finn has also been linked with a return to Williams F1, another option is he would be replacing Kimi Raikkonen at Alfa Romeo F1 in 2022

“First obviously I want to get the understanding from the team, what is the plan, which driver they want in the other car,” Valtteri said.

“Lewis is confirmed, the other is still free. So, the team needs to decide, and I need to have that discussion.

“I also feel like I have many, many years still left in me. I enjoy racing, I love racing, I love F1, so it’s definitely not time to go to other other forms of motor sport in the coming years. If that wasn’t the case, that I wouldn’t continue with Mercedes, of course I would look at other options.

“But it’s not something I need to think about now. And I also have a good management team, and they haven’t told me anything yet. I don’t know if they’ve been in touch with anyone, because they know how important it is to focus at this current moment on delivering the best we can as a team, and for me personally.

“The time will be right soon. I don’t know yet which day, which week. But I think soon we’ll have to look at all the options, and the situation as a whole.”

The Brit, 23, Russell recently revealed that he’d spoken with the Mercedes boss, and had tried to sell himself by using his history within the sport.

“I wouldn’t say weak but there are definitely areas where I need to improve,” he said to Autocar.

“Cars are constantly adapting and tyres are changing. It is a tricky sport but I guess that is what makes it so great. I think you have to learn to be adaptable. Definitely one thing I need to improve is my first laps.

“That is really odd because in my whole career – since I was eight years old – race craft and first laps were probably my strongest points. I was never the greatest qualifier in my junior career and in karting, but I could always move forward.

“That was one of my selling points to Toto [Wolff]. Statistically, I moved forward from where I started. Since I got into F1, it hasn’t been the case.

“It’s very different racing at the back compared to racing at the front, because you always have this concertina effect. When you are in the front two rows, it is fast and flowing, and when there is a gap, there is often no one ahead for the gap ayou are going for.

“When you start at the back of the grid, there’s a very different dynamic and I haven’t really got to grips with it. I’ve tried to improve but it is very difficult.”

2022 F1

F1 Championship Points Standing – After Imola GP

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2022 F1 Drivers Championship Standing after F1 Emilia Romagna GP

Pos Driver Team Points
1Charles LeclercFerrari86
2Max VerstappenRed Bull59
3Sergio PerezRed Bull54
4George RussellWilliams49
5Carlos SainzFerrari38
6Lando NorrisMcLaren35
7Lewis HamiltonMercedes28
8Valtteri BottasMercedes24
9Esteban OconAlpine20
10Kevin MagnussenHaas15
11Daniel RicciardoMcLaren11
12Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauri10
13Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri6
14Fernando AlonsoAlpine2
15Zhou GuanyuAlfa Romeo1
16Alex AlbonWilliams1
17Lance StrollAston Martin1
18Mick SchumacherHaas0
19Sebastian VettelAston Martin0
20Nicholas LatifiWilliams0

2022 F1 Teams Championship Standing after F1 Imola Emilia Romagna GP

Pos Team Points
1Ferrari124
2Red Bull113
3Mercedes77
4McLaren46
5Alfa Romeo25
6Alpine22
7AlphaTauri16
8Haas15
9Aston Martin5
10Williams1

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Race results – F1 Imola Emilia Romagna GP

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Defending world champion Max Verstappen has won at Imola for the second season in a row ahead of his teammate Sergio Perez, Red Bull made 1-2 finish as leaders Ferrari’s home Grand Prix turned into a terrible for the Italian outfit.

Pos Driver Team LapsTimePoints
1Max VerstappenRed Bull631:32:07.98626
2Sergio PerezRed Bull63+16.527s18
3Lando NorrisMcLaren63+34.834s15
4George RussellMercedes63+42.506s12
5Valtteri BottasAlfa Romeo63+43.181s10
6Charles LeclercFerrari63+56.072s8
7Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauri63+61.110s6
8Sebastian VettelAston Martin63+70.892s4
9Kevin Magnussen Haas63+75.260s2
10Lance StrollAston Martin62+1 lap1
11Alex Albon Williams62+1 lap0
12Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri62+1 lap0
13Lewis HamiltonMercedes62+1 lap0
14Esteban OconAlpine62+1 lap0
15Zhou GuanyuAlfa Romeo62+1 lap0
16Nicholas LatifiWilliams62+1 lap0
17Mick SchumacherHaas62+1 lap0
18Daniel RicciardoMcLaren62+1 lap0
19Fernando AlonsoAlpine6DNF0
20Carlos SainzFerrari0DNF0

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Hamilton and Wolff spotted in heated conversation after Imola disaster

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Lewis Hamilton 2022 F1 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix

During Emilia Romagna Grand Prix post qualifying session, Sir Lewis Hamilton and his Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff was seen engaging in a heated conversation, the Brit was eliminated from Q2 on Friday.

Bothe Hamilton and Wolff be found to be holding heated conversations in the Mercedes garage just after the Brit crashed out of Q2 at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix. It was another poor results, which was resulted P13 in for sprint race at Imola.

On the incident with Wolff, Hamilton said: “It’s all internal stuff. I’d rather not share that. But yeah we’ll keep working, it is what it is. Each weekend is a rescue.

“It wasn’t a great session. Yeah. Naturally, it’s disappointing. We came here with optimism and we know everyone is working really hard at the factory and when things don’t come together it’s disappointing. I think we under-performed as a team today.

“There are things that we should have done and didn’t do. Anyway, we will work as hard as we can to move up in the sprint race. Hopefully tomorrow is better, weather-wise, and who knows, maybe we can work our way forwards.”

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Date Session Time
FRI DEC 03 FP1 16:30 - 17:30
FRI DEC 03 FP2 20:00 - 21:00
SAT DEC 04 FP3 17:00 - 18:00
SAT DEC 04 QUALI 20:00 - 21:00
SUN DEC 05 RACE 20:30 - 23:30

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