With Mercedes having to replace Valtteri Bottas with George Russell, according to the F1 rumors floating currently, Jacques Villeneuve has come up with a very different approach wherein he thinks that the Finn driver should eb involved in a swap deal with Lance Stroll to Aston Martin.
The consensus in the paddock is that George Russell will move from Williams to Mercedes for 2022, while Bottas is rumored to be mulling a seat with Alfa Romeo Racing. However, given Mercedes boss Toto Wolff’s commitment to finding the best seat possible for Bottas should the Finn depart the German outfit, Villeneuve says Aston Martin team owner Lawrence Stroll should leverage his close relationship with Wolff and swap his son Lance Stroll with the Finn.
Jacques Villeneuve Suggests Valtteri Bottas to Swap Seats with lance Stroll at Aston Martin
“For me he [Bottas] could move to Aston Martin in place of Lance Stroll, who would go to Mercedes,” Villeneuve told Italy’s Libero Quotidiano. “Stroll senior’s dream, very close to Toto Wolff, is to see his son winning championships. And Toto needs a place for Valtteri.
“For sure Hamilton doesn’t like Russell as a team-mate. Better someone like Bottas, who doesn’t bother him.”
Furthermore Jacques Villeneuve also offered his view on the current battle for supremacy in the championship between Hamilton and Max Verstappen. The 1997 F1 world champion believes it’s “the right year” for the Dutchman to defeat his arch-rival.
“He’s in very good shape, Red Bull is geared towards him, he drives the car perfectly,” said the 50-yearold Canadian. “Whether he wins the championship or not, it’s the right year and he has matured a lot. He fights against a Mercedes in great crisis and for the search of the hundredth that makes the difference. The same goes for Hamilton. Last year he fought with Bottas, today against Verstappen he has to stand up for himself to stay afloat.
“Red Bull is taking of Verstappen and in his hands the car today is an arrow. No one else would be able to be as comfortable.”