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Bottas ‘knew' 2022 Mercedes deal was unlikely

Jan.25 Valtteri Bottas says he headed into the 2021 season a year ago knowing that his chance of staying at Mercedes beyond one more single-season contract was unlikely. Indeed, Mercedes has promoted its newer long-time young prodigy George Russell to Bottas' seat for 2022, ending a five-year run of one-year contracts for the 32-year-old Finn. Bottas has signed a three-year deal to switch to Alfa Romeo. Recalling the months before he signed, Bottas said: 'Toto (Wolff) knew that at some point we would have to make a decision. 'I knew that if I didn't manage to stay for the next two years or more, I would definitely try something new. Toto said there was not that opportunity, so in the end...
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