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Formula one is a sport that’s filled with drama, intrigue and suspense around every corner, something that the late Alfred Hitchcock would be extremely proud of.
Following the continued rumour as to whether or not Kimi Raikkonen will be replaced at Maranello at the end of the current campaign, many names have been banded about as to who his possible replacement will be. Names such as Redbull’s Daniel Ricciardo, Nico Hulkenberg and fellow Finn Valteri Bottas have all been mentioned.
However it now seems that the clear favourite is Williams’ Valteri Bottas after reports that Ferrari had agreed to compensate the Grove outfit to release the driver from his current contractual obligations to the team.
The Finn has however remained guarded as to where he will be racing in 2016, after speaking to reporters at the start of this weekends Hungarian Grand Prix:
“There’s nothing new to tell. There is nothing confirmed. As a driver you want things sorted out as quickly as possible but sometimes you need to wait.”
If Bottas were to join the Scuderia outfit for the 2016 campaign, that would leave a vacant seat alongside Brazilian Felipe Massa. Many believe that this could be filled by 2015 Le Mans winner and former Williams driver Nico Hulkenberg, who’s currently driving for Force India.
Hulk first drove for Williams in a two day test in 2007 and was later signed to race for the team in 2010 season alongside Brazilian Rubens Barrichello.
He enjoyed a very impressive first season in which he scored points in six races during that campaign and secured the teams first pole position since the 2005 European Grand Prix, when he out qualified Sebastian Vettel by 1.049s during changing conditions at the Brazilian Grand Prix.
Williams however was facing severe financial difficulties and it was to be the German’s one and only season with the team as he was replaced by GP2 champion Pastor Maldonado at the end of the season. The latter of course brought his vast financial backing from PDVSA.
Today another past driver is being rumoured as a possible replacement for Bottas and that is none other than current McLaren and former 2009 champion Jenson Button.
Yes you read correctly, Jenson Button.
Having beaten out Bruno Junqueira in ‘shoot out’ style showdown arranged by team principle Frank Williams, the Frome flyer was chosen to fill the vacant seat left by departing Alex Zanardi for the 2000 campaign.