Valtteri Bottas: ‘Lewis told me he would like me to be his team-mate’

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Amid uncertainty over his seat with Mercedes in 2022, Valtteri Bottas says Lewis Hamilton told him “directly” that he would like him to remain his team-mate.

Mercedes in in the middle of deciding who will drive for the team in 2021 next to Lewis Hamilton. The candidates are Valtteri Bottas and George Russell.

After racing in a duathlon, Bottas told Finnish MTV Sport that Lewis told him he would like him to remain his team-mate.

“Yes, Lewis has told me directly that he would like me to be his teammate,” the Finn said.

“Together we can do very well, but it’s a fact that the drivers don’t have a huge impact on these decisions. There’s a bigger machine behind it that ultimately makes those decisions.”

Bottas, who has been with Mercedes on a year-by-year basis since 2017, also told Iltalehti newspaper that he is used to the uncertainty.

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“Every year is the same story. You just have to learn to live with it. In this business, your skin thickens all by itself.

“At the moment it’s not clear what is going to happen and I don’t think there’s any news ahead for at least the next couple of weeks. Let’s see.”

He also confirmed there are no new developments he can report.

“There’s nothing new – or at least nothing I can report. The situation is becoming clearer and clearer, but I cannot talk about it.

“Everything is fine, and I’m quite happy with the direction in which it is developing. But there’s no point discussing rumours right now.

“I can’t say who we’re going to talk to and what’s going on, but things are being discussed so that we can find the best option for next season,” concluded the Finn.

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