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Components 1: ‘No musical chairs’ for way forward for Valtteri Bottas, says Mercedes crew boss Toto Wolff

Bottas, who has been with the squad since 2017, has but to finish a race this season forward of teammate and world champion Lewis Hamilton or Purple Bull’s Max Verstappen.

Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas goes off the observe within the first free follow on Friday earlier than the Spanish Grand Prix. AP

Mercedes chief Toto Wolff insisted on Friday that Valtteri Bottas’ seat with the crew was protected and that there can be no ‘musical chairs’ for the Finn’s future.

Bottas, who has been with the squad since 2017, has but to finish a race this season forward of teammate and world champion Lewis Hamilton or Purple Bull’s Max Verstappen.

Nevertheless, he beat the 2 males in qualifying in Portugal final weekend to take pole place.

“I do not see any cause to vary. It is these guys over there (Purple Bull) who prefer to play musical chairs, so no adjustments are deliberate,” Wolff mentioned. Sky Sports activities.

“Until he catches the flu and may’t drive, he’ll be on this automotive,” he added of Bottas’ place.

Wolff’s reference to Purple Bull was revealing – in 2016 they ditched Danill Kvyat in the beginning of the season in favor of Verstappen.

In 2019, Pierre Gasly was demoted to Purple Bull’s sister squad with Alexander Albon profitable promotion as a Verstappen teammate.

Bottas has usually seen his seat tied to Williams driver George Russell who’s a part of the Mercedes Driver Program.

Russell impressively changed Hamilton in Bahrain final season when the world champion suffered from COVID-19[female[feminine .

To underline his loyalty to Bottas, Wolff added, “In the event you’re sad together with your spouse and already begin searching for others, it will not enhance the connection.

“I attempt to work on the connection with my driver and get the perfect end result for him earlier than I begin flirting with another person.”

Forward of this weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix, Bottas is fourth within the championship with 32 factors, 37 behind leaders Hamilton.

Verstappen has 61 factors in second place with McLaren’s Lando Norris third out of 37.

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