F1 fans think Valtteri Bottas and George Russell may be swapping seats in 2021 as the pair have recently changed their Instagram bios. Both men are under contract with their current manufacturers for the 2021 campaign.
Russell’s impressive performance stepping in for Lewis Hamilton at the Sakhir Grand Prix has seen his stock rise ten-fold.
The 22-year-old should have secured his maiden F1 victory but for a horrific double-stacked pit stop followed by a late puncture.
There have been strong suggestions that Russell will end up in a Mercedes seat in the near future.
However, supporters think that could happen sooner rather than later.
Last month Bottas’ Instagram bio had a tag to Mercedes’ F1 account – but that has since been deleted.
Another added: “Bottas took Driver for Mercedes out of his bio on insta. Russell took Driver For Williams out. Could it be? Let’s hope.”
A third user said: “IT IS HAPPENING.”
One more supporter wrote: “Weird timing for Bottas to remove Mercedes from his Insta bio tbh, and apparently George removed Williams a few weeks back.
“Potentially Bottas could move outta F1? As he feels he isn’t backed anymore by Mercedes or something.”
Meanwhile, Bottas was disappointed with being out-performed by his rookie team-mate in Bahrain.
“If you don’t know things, I might have looked like a complete ****, a fool, so that’s not nice,” the Finn said.
“But the people who know, they know how the performance [was] and how the end result could have been.
“It was a pretty bad race for me from that side and it will be very easy for people to say that a new guy comes in and beats the guy who has been in the team a few years, so it was not ideal.
“I knew that in the first stint with the medium tyre that the track position would be important, so obviously it was unfortunate to lose that, but in the second stint I was catching him at a pretty decent rate
“I knew everything was still going to be open and that most likely we were going to have a good battle. He obviously did a mistake-free race, but I still knew there would be everything to play for.
“I was confident, based on what I felt with the hard tyre, the car was more complete balance-wise. I knew there was going to be other opportunities and that was ultimately the plan for me, to get him, and it was getting close.
“The race was not finished when we had the thing with the pit stops, which changed everything. I managed to go a bit longer on the medium tyre and that would have opened up opportunities for me. I was catching him.”
Published at Tue, 08 Dec 2020 09:58:32 +0000