Toto Wolff reveals that it has not been the easiest of decisions to end the cooperation with Valtteri Bottas.
The 2021 F1 season is set to be the final year of the Mercedes-Bottas tandem as the Finn will join Alfa Romeo Racing next year. The team principal Wolff has shared that it was not an easy and quick decision to part ways with the driver.
“This hasn’t been an easy process or a straightforward decision for us. Valtteri has done a fantastic job over the past five seasons and he has made an essential contribution to our success and to our growth,” he said.
“Together with Lewis, he has built a benchmark partnership between two teammates in the sport, and that has been a valuable weapon in our championship battles and pushed us to achieve unprecedented success.”
Wolff is also delighted to see Bottas join Alfa Romeo Racing.
“He would absolutely have deserved to stay with the team, and I am pleased that he has been able to choose an exciting challenge with Alfa next year to continue his career at the top level of the sport,” continued Wolff.
“When the time comes, he will leave us with huge goodwill from every single member of the team, and he will forever be part of the Mercedes family.”