Former F1 driver Ralf Schumacher expressed his skepticism for Valtteri Bottas to continue with Mercedes next season, stating that the Finn’s Mercedes chapter is coming to an end, especially after the opening-lap chaos in Hungary.
Speculation was always brewing regarding the Finn’s future at Mercedes after George Russell stepped in for Lewis Hamilton last season and impressed many at the Sakhir GP, and Schumacher felt that despite no official news, Bottas knows he is on his way out.
“I believe that for him the Mercedes chapter is over and I can imagine that he is currently negotiating with Williams or Alfa [Romeo],” Schumacher commented to Sky Sports.
“He is currently fighting for a seat in Formula 1 and was totally down himself.”
Schumacher also commented on speculation on the nature of the incident, with a minority speculating that Bottas intentionally took out rivals in the opening lap, which Schumacher dispelled as nonsense.
“I completely rule out that Bottas could have caused the crash on purpose,” Schumacher explained.
“It doesn’t help Bottas at all if Lewis Hamilton becomes World Champion again. Besides, you can’t calculate that you’re pushing another car in front of you either.
“Such a fatal mistake [at Hungary] doesn’t help at all – and he knows that,” Schumacher concluded.