Lewis Hamilton is on the verge of his fifth world title but the Mercedes man could have a new team-mate in 2020.Valtteri Bottas is out of contract next year and Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has given his “guarantee” to Esteban Ocon that he will have a seat somewhere in Formula One.It could be that the Silver Arrows opt to pair the youngster with Hamilton in a Championship-chasing car.
And former Red Bull driver Robert Doornbos reckons Bottas’ recent form could lead to his departure from a main Mercedes seat.
“Bottas has been very disappointing in the second half of the season,” Doornbos told Ziggo Sport.
“Maybe Mercedes are starting to think that they should put Ocon in that car.
“Yes Hamilton is ruthless, but Bottas is three or four tenths behind in every race. Maybe Ocon can do better.
“There is certainly enough time to buy his (Bottas’) contract, so it wouldn’t surprise me.”
Lewis Hamilton could have a new team-mate in 2020
Sebastian Vettel has been spending more time with his former Red Bull colleagues than his current team Ferrari, according to David Coulthard.
The F1 pundit believes there could be a big problem with the German, who has not won a won title since leaving the Austrian side four years ago.
“He says he’s tired – when you’re tired you go for your comfort blanket. I’ve seen him around Red Bull more often in the last few races than at any other time that he’s been at Ferrari,” Coulthard told Channel 4.
“So he’s not knuckling down with his comfort blanket at Ferrari. To me it looks like he’s not only tired of the recovery drives, he’s just not as happy within the team as he was at Red Bull.”
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Red Bull boss Christian Horner is surprised Daniel Ricciardo’s Renault engine failed again at the US Grand Prix last weekend.
The team chief is especially shocked because Ricciardo is swapping Red Bull for Renault next season.
“You can’t blame him, the frustration that is in him,” Horner said after revealing the Australian punched a hole in the dressing room wall after his car suffered a power failure.
“What’s ironic is it’s always on his car. It was the other way round last year with Max [Verstappen] but as Renault’s premier driver I think you wouldn’t expect these issues to be happening.”
Source: Express, UK