Despite what the Judge has previously written on TJ13, in this humble writers opinion, Bottas is Mercedes’ best viable option to replace Rosberg at Mercedes. Wehrlein is just not experienced enough to take Rosberg’s seat right now.
Bottas has been at the Grove outfit for all of his F1 career, but Vallteri has been courted by Ferrari and Renault in this and previous season.
Bottas is fast
We all know and respect Massa. Massa is able, Massa is fast. However, Bottas has out-qualified Massa 17:4. This can only be rivaled by Schumacher, who out-qualified Massa 13:4 in the 2006 season. While comparing Bottas to Schumacher might be a step too far, it does signal Bottas abillities!
Bottas has the experience
Vallteri has been test driving at Williams since 2010, promoting to a driver’s seat in 2013, as teammate of Pastor Maldonado. Setting him apart form Crashtor, Vallteri quickly gained a reputation for reliability, and avoiding accidents.
Bottas is connected
Obviously Bottas is locked into a contract at Williams. Williams uses Mercedes power, Wolff manages Bottas and has excellent contacts at Williams since he used to own Williams shares. All ingredients are present for our getting Bottas out of the Williams, and into the Mercedes.
This week the French newspaper L’Équipe revealed that Williams is discussing a return of Massa behind the wheel of the Williams for the 2017 season. If Massa’s return to partner Williams F1 rookie Lance Stroll is imminent, this would free Bottas to sign for Mercedes.
The deal seems complex, as Wolff already said Mercedes wouldn’t be signing their second driver before the end of the year. Most of us expect this is just a smoke-screen, just to alleviate some of the immense pressure parties involved must feel. However, the idea of putting of a deal this long can only mean that the scenarios are clear, and only details remain.
The devil is in the detail, especially for Williams, since loss of championship point might directly translate into less money for Williams if they lose places in the 2017 manufacturer championship. The 10 million Mercedes offered (and we might even see some other goodies?) will surely grow to make any chance of lost championship points hurt less.
Therefore it is only a matter of time before Mercedes will announce Bottas’ transfer, but if they had any balls, they would call Sainz.
From the ED: Can the Jury please let us know whether in your opinion Bottas is worthy of the Mercedes seat or if it should be Sainz. Or perhaps someone else entirely.
Please give your reasons in the comments below.