Bottas, Mercedes, Felipe and Williams – it’s all going on in F1 this week.

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After the tense season finale and Rosberg’s subsequent shock retirement the team at FEV were expecting things to go a bit quite in the world of F1. Not a chance! With constant talks of the open Mercedes seat and who will fill it as well as Hamilton’s future in the sport things seem to be hotting up not calming down.


The rumour mill has been in overdrive of late with talk of Bottas wanting to move to Mercedes and the team certainly wanting him to do so too. However, Williams were not so keen by all accounts and the general feeling in the fan community was that Valtteri was likely to be somewhat frustrated by the situation. With Mercedes form over the last few years there is no doubt almost every driver on the grid would like a seat with them even if it meant going up against Hamilton.


Felipe Massa has been in F1 since 2003 and has certainly seen his fair share of on and off track challenges. So it was no real surprise when he announced his retirement a month or so ago. His Williams seat was then up for grabs until rookie Lance Stroll was brought in. With Massa leaving Williams really needed to keep Bottas to avoid having two new faces for the 2017 season.


The big news this week is that a provisional deal has been agreed to bring Massa back out of retirement to partner Stroll IF…and it is a fairly big “if”, Bottas goes to Mercedes. The Finn will now be free to make the move and most people think he will go ahead and do so. Massa will then be on hand to help steer Stroll around his first season and hopefully grab some points along the way.


It seems the endless debate about Merc’s empty seat may be coming to a close. After discussions about Alonso and even Button taking the spot it seems Hamilton will have a very skilled and very determined Bottas to deal with next year and we all know what a Finn can do in a fast car!! Bring on 2017!


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