Former World Champion Nico Rosberg believes that Mercedes replacing Valtteri Bottas with Williams star George Russell so soon would be a mistake waiting to happen, despite the entertaining nature of the possibility.
Adding onto Bottas’ misery this season is a hot rumor that he will be replaced at the end of the season by George Russell, who had impressed many last year, when he stepped in to replace Lewis Hamilton at the Sakhir Grand Prix. Russell had dominated the race, only to be robbed by a late puncture, in an otherwise stellar performance.
Nico Rosberg, who drove for Mercedes for seven years, winning the title in 2016, acknowledges that despite Russell’s potential, it is premature for him to take Bottas’ place.
“From a fan perspective it would be interesting to have a change and to have someone new in that second car alongside Lewis, someone who is really going to give Lewis a run for his money in the same team,” Rosberg commented.
Despite the seemingly simple decision, Rosberg has said that this is a choice Toto Wolff will take, with thorough deliberation. In Rosberg’s opinion, Wolff should not replace Bottas, although he has chosen not to give the reasoning behind his opinion.
“Of course, George Russell would definitely be a great asset to team Mercedes even though of course we have to say Valtteri Bottas has been contrasting very strongly in the last years,” Rosberg concluded.