Over the last week or so, a persistent rumour has emerged in the world of Formula 1 that Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes F1 driver and teammate to Lewis Hamilton, has been in talks with Red Bull Racing; Formula 1 Championship rivals and team to chief protagonist Max Verstappen.
If this were to be the case, Mercedes AMG Formula 1 team would be very worried. Valtteri Bottas, with an intimate knowledge of the team and crucially the car, would be able to provide Verstappen’s team, Red Bull, with valuable information and secrets. The press and media, putting pressure on Red Bull for a statement, has managed to get one from the reliable Dr Helmut Marko, chief Red Bull motorsport consultant. The Austrian admitted that options were being explored, but did not confirm this rumor.
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“What I can tell you is that there are some options, we are considering them, but I don’t want to name names,” Helmut Marko replied.
“The first intention would be to continue with the four drivers we have. For the announcement, it will probably be at Spa or at Zandvoort if we fall behind. What is already certain is that we will announce our four drivers, both for AlphaTauri and Red Bull.”
“There is a gap with Max Verstappen and he [Perez] is not happy about it. We [Red Bull] would also expect him to be closer or more consistent after so many races. He’s tried to find his own set-up instead of using Max’s, and maybe that’s the best thing for a driver to do. You can’t be too close to Max’s settings. Max doesn’t care when his F1 car oversteers in fast corners. But all our 2nd drivers have had problems with that.”