Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas said that he believes his mindset will change should he not retain his Mercedes seat for the 2022 season alongside Lewis Hamilton.
While it is far from known who will be driving for Mercedes in 2022, the Finn admitted that he is aware of what to do should he be unable to keep his seat against growing speculation of George Russell moving to Mercedes.
Bottas also expressed his interest in rallying in the past but has made it clear that he would like to stay in Formula 1 as long as possible, suggesting that he is not ready for a switch to any other motorsports category just yet.
“Rally, I really enjoy it, it’s really good fun. Every time I’ve been in a rally car I’ve been always smiling, so it’s good fun. But to actually make a job out of it, it could be quite tricky,” Bottas commented.
“For some reason if not, I would look at other options in Formula 1 of course, because I love Formula 1. I enjoy it, I still think I have quite a good few years ahead of me. And then [after that], never say never.”
Ever since the Sakhir Grand Prix last year, there has been speculation regarding who would accompany Lewis Hamilton in the Mercedes second seat, with Russell impressing many in and out of the paddock.
Bottas said that a new team would most certainly lead to a different approach due to it being an entirely new project. Despite the rumors, however, he made it clear that he believes they make a really strong team.
“As I said before, my intention is keeping my seat because I think we make a really strong team now at Mercedes as we are,” Bottas added while talking about his future in F1.
“It would be completely a new kind of chapter in the career, and I think your mental approach is going to be different. Most likely wouldn’t be fighting for the wins and the title, at least in the beginning, so it would be a new project.
“It’s all really hypothetical thinking, but I’m being really honest and yes for sure it would be a different kind of mindset.”