Valtteri Bottas addresses potential Mercedes return after Lewis Hamilton’s Ferrari move


Valtteri Bottas admitted being taken by “surprise” by Lewis Hamilton’s switch to Ferrari for 2025, while adding it’s good for him and “good for the whole sport.”

Bottas partnered Hamilton to five Constructors’ Championships in a row at Mercedes from 2017 to 2021, with his former team-mate now set to switch to the Scuderia from next season.


This in turn leaves a seat free at Bottas’ former team, and while the Finn said his first priority is to stay with his current team until they become Audi, he is keeping his eyes open to what is out there.


Valtteri Bottas on Lewis Hamilton’s ‘big move’, addresses possibility of Mercedes return


Speaking at the launch of the Kick C44, unveiled on Monday night as the first Stake F1 car, following Sauber’s rebrand from Alfa Romeo last season, Bottas was asked about the seismic driver move for his former team-mate.

He noted that it would kick-start what is likely to be a frantic driver market in 2024, with the 10-time Grand Prix winner one of the multiple drivers looking to renew their contract come the end of the season.


“It’s no lie, I was in Brackley the day before actually. Not that the Mercedes factory, but I was there doing some other stuff,” he explained.

“No, we haven’t spoken on the phone yet with Toto, and if I would go back, well, obviously, my priority and biggest commitment is the Audi project, which is my target, but if that wouldn’t happen, then actually there’s no team that I wouldn’t go to, let’s say, perhaps, but I know my priorities and I’ve got my list.”


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