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2021 F1

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.”

2021 F1

Mercedes has been weird since Silverstone – Red Bull

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Red Bull Racing ace Max Verstappen leads the 2021 F1 world championship ahead of seven-time F1 world champion Lewis Hamilton. But in the constructor’s championship Mercedes leads ahead of nearest rival Red Bull Racing. Mercedes decided some time ago to stop the development of this 2021 F1 car. The Silver-arrows now focus on 2022, when the regulation widely change.

But Mercedes have been doubted with the rival Red Bull asking a curious development in their F1 championship battle. In the first-half this season Red Bull shows the consistent pace, but recent some races Mercedes heavily improves their performance.

Red Bull F1 team advisor Helmut Marko claims that Mercedes have made great improvements by continuing to boost their speed. He also admitted the team put “more downforce on the rear wing” than Red Bull, but believes something has been “weird” with Toto Wolff’s men since British Grand Prix.

Marko told F1-Insider.com: “I don’t think Mercedes did anything illegal.

“But something has been weird since Silverstone. So, it is now up to us to research why they are suddenly so fast. Is it just the engine or something else?

“We now have to workday and night to uncover its secret and then counter it. As quickly as possible. It is up to us.”

“If the differences in performance remain the same as in Istanbul, we will have a problem.

“Of the six racetracks, only the courses in Mexico and Sao Paulo play a part in our cards because of their altitude. At the moment the rest clearly seems to be Mercedes-Land.”

2021 F1 title is set to go to the wire – Toto Wolff

“I don’t think you can say that with absolute conviction,” Wolff said. “I believe we have a really good package now.

“The car is competitive and was very competitive [in Turkey] and if it wasn’t for a grid penalty I think we would have had every chance to finish first and second.

“That would have meant eight points more but I’m looking carefully optimistic into the future.”

“Austin [for the United States Grand Prix] is a track we like and is another opportunity but I’m under no illusion this is very much going to go to the end in the drivers’ championship.”

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Championship Standing after Turkish Grand Prix

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Drivers Championship Standing after Turkish Grand Prix

Pos Driver Team Points
1Max VerstappenRed Bull262.5
2Lewis HamiltonMercedes256.5
3Valtteri BottasMercedes177
4Lando NorrisMcLaren145
5Sergio PerezRed Bull135
6Carlos SainzFerrari116.5
7Charles LeclercFerrari116
8Daniel RicciardoMcLaren95
9Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri74
10Fernando AlonsoAlpine58
11Esteban OconAlpine46
12Sebastian VettelAston Martin35
13Lance StrollAston Martin26
14Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauri18
15George RussellWilliams16
16Nicholas LatifiWilliams7
17Kimi RaikkonenAlfa Romeo6
18Antonio GiovinazziAlfa Romeo1
19Mick SchumacherHaas0
20Robert KubicaAlfa Romeo0
21Nikita MazepinHaas0

Teams Championship Standing after Turkish Grand Prix

Pos Team Points
1Mercedes433.5
2Red Bull397.5
3McLaren240
4Ferrari232.5
5Alpine104
6AlphaTauri92
7Aston Martin61
8Williams23
9Alfa Romeo7
10Haas0

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Slicks was obviously the wrong decision – Vettel

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Sebastian Vettel was the only driver tried to slick compound-race in the damp Istanbul Park circuit for Turkish Grand Prix. Following switch to medium compound the Aston Martin ace had zero grip and too much slower than any other driver.

Following the slick’s huge disadvantage four-time world champion returned to the pits, partial-spinning in the pit entry and then swapping back to the inters. After the incident the German has been takes all responsibility regarding the slick call.

“Together, but in the end I made the decision, I wanted to try it. There was nothing left of the intermediates, I thought the slicks could perform just as well, but I couldn’t run them in and just had no grip. I lost so much time…”, Vettel said to The Race.

“It was worse than I expected. Even if it was a little bit still here and there, or wet – like I said, the main thing is that I couldn’t run the tyre in and then you’re just sliding.”

“But at the time, I don’t know, I was already tempted for a few laps, the inters didn’t get any better. If you looked at the tires, there wasn’t much left of them. They looked like a slick. I think I had reason, but it was obviously the wrong decision”.

“On the inters there was nothing left, I thought the drys could be as good, but I couldn’t run them in and just had no grip, lost so much time, couldn’t make them work. It was worse than I expected”, the German concluded.

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DUTCH GRAND PRIX

Date Session Time
FRI SEP 03 FP1 11:30 - 12:30
FRI SEP 03 FP2 15:00 - 16:00
SAT SEP 04 FP3 12:00 - 13:00
SAT SEP 04 QUALI 15:00 - 16:00
SUN SEP 05 RACE 15:00 - 17:00

Drivers Standings

DriverTeamPts
Lewis HamiltonMercedes105
VerstappenRed Bull101
NorrisMcLaren68
LeclercFerrari52
BottasMercedes47
Sainz Jr.Ferrari42
GaslyAlphaTauri31
PérezRed Bull69
VettelAston Martin28
RicciardoMcLaren26

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