Formula 1 News: Bottas Open To Moving To Mercedes, Hamilton ‘Calm’ Despite Disappointing Season, & More
Valtteri Bottas admits he’s open to moving to Mercedes. The Finn won’t say no to making a move to the current Formula 1 constructors champion team should a seat open up for him. After all, the 26-year-old believes that Mercedes still has the fastest car, and when given the chance to be in it, he said, “Well, who wouldn’t want to?”
According to a report from grandprix, the revelation comes just as Nico Rosberg’s contract with Mercedes is up for renewal next year.
Lewis Hamilton believes in “staying calm” despite disappointing race results during the opening races of the season. The defending world champion told Formula Spy, “Experience has taught me to stay calm and keep pushing forwards when I get knocked back.” Moreover, he also believes that with 18 races left in this year’s Formula 1 calendar, a lot can still happen.
He added, “I have utmost confidence in this team.” Meanwhile, the power unit that failed Hamilton in during qualifying in China will still be making its way to Sochi for the Russian Grand Prix. According to a report from Autosport, Mercedes has finished making repairs to the unit and it can therefore “travel to Sochi as a spare.”
For Sebastian Vettel, a good strategy for Sochi will include having a strong qualifying performance. According to the Ferrari driver, the race track in Russia is “quite hard in fuel consumption,” although tires tend to last “very long.” In this case, the four-time world champion believes the best way to have a good race in Russia is to “have a fast car in qualifying and you carry that into the race to ensure you have a good and strong result.”
Former Manor boss returns to Formula 1 with Toro Rosso. Former Manor team principal John Booth has been named the new director of racing for Toro Rosso, although he will be serving his duties on a consultancy basis. According to Toro Rosso team principal Franz Tost, this move is meant to help the team ‘raise its game.’