Bottas wants Ferrari switch if time at Mercedes comes

19-07-2019 12:50
by Bevan Youl
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Bottas wants Ferrari switch if time at Mercedes comes

Valtteri Bottas has said that he would be open to a switch to Ferrari should his time at Mercedes come to an end.

Bottas’ current contract at the Silver Arrows is up at the end of this season and the team are deciding whether or not to extend it to the end of the 2020 season.
 
While this is being figured out Esteban Ocon has been in the role of reserve driver for the team and a candidate for Bottas’ seat next year.
 
But Ocon has also been rumoured for a move to either Renault or Haas while Max Verstappen has been linked to Mercedes.
 
The Finn though has said that he would want to be in another one of the top teams should  his time come at Mercedes, rather than back in a midfield team.

Bottas said (quoted by PlanetF1): “I think I’ve shown the team that I deserve to stay at Mercedes, but we’ll have to wait a few more races.

“Nothing has been signed yet but I am trying to make progress so that everything goes well.

“Of course, if it hadn’t been for Lewis maybe I would have won more races but to be honest I wouldn’t change anything because the situation helps me progress.

“If I have to leave the Mercedes, I would like to be in the team that is in second place. At the moment that team is Ferrari.”

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