Valtteri Bottas must have suffered heavily from the “defeat” inflicted on him by George Russel during the Sahkir Grand Prix, which Lewis Hamilton missed due to the positivity at Covid. Although Bottas finished ahead of the Englishman, Russel made an extra pit stop due to a mistake in the Mercedes garage (explained here with a video) and still managed to get on the heels of teammate # 77. On the possibility of an exchange between him and Russel Bottas he clarified:
“I’m sure the British people would like to see us swap cars, but I will try to avoid that. All I know is that I have a contract for next year. I can only say that from Imola onwards I experienced a really unfortunate series. Before Abu Dhabi, I didn’t even remember the last time I got on the podium. I gave my all to try to show my worth ”.