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The moving of Valtteri Bottas has been one of the biggest topics in F1 since the 2020 Sakhir Grand Prix in which George Russell (Williams) replaced Hamilton due to the 7x World Champion testing positive for COVID. After the announcement that fellow Finnish driver Kimi Raikkonen would be retiring at the end of the year - this announcement was almost inevitable.

Bottas joined Mercedes in 2017 after the shock announcement that 2016 World Champion Nico Rosberg would retire and not be racing in F1 in 2017. Ever since joining the team Valtteri has played the perfect No.2 role to Lewis Hamilton and has helped the team to seven consecutive drivers and constructors titles.

During his time at Mercedes Bottas has achieved;

Wins: 9

Podiums: 54

Pole Positions: 17

Fastest Laps: 16

Bottas took his first win at the 2017 Russian Grand Prix. He then went on to win the 2017 Austrian and Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. He failed to win a race in 2018 and then in 2019 he won in Australia, Azerbaijan, Japan and America and then in 2020 he took victory in Austria and Russia. As of writing this Bottas is yet to win a race in 2021.

His best finish in the championship standings is second which he achieved in 2019 and 2020.

Bottas is likely to partner Giovinazzi at Alfa Romeo but there is still a small chance that the likes of Callum Ilott is given a chance.

The next expected announcement is that of George Russell from Williams to Mercedes.


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