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Wolff: Bottas 'to wear blue or red' in 2016

2015-07-04 13:12

WHERE TO GO? Williams F1 driver Valtteri Bottas could take Kimi Raikkonen's seat at Ferrari in 2016. AFP / Marwan Naamani

LONDON, England - Toto Wolff has confirmed speculation that Valtteri Bottas will either keep driving for Williams - or switch to Ferrari in 2016

Wolff, Mercedes' F1 chief, is also involved in Bottas' career management a young driver strongly considered likely to move to Ferrari in 2016 to replace struggling Kimi Raikkonen.

WHAT ABOUT KIMI?

Raikkonen's manager Steve Robertson said at Silverstone ahead of the 2015 British F1 GP that the 2007 F1 champion still had time to bounce back. He told Turun Sanomat: "What I do know is that the situation is still in Kimi's hands. Let's see what the next couple of races bring and go from there.

"Sometimes it's like this: try as you might, nothing seems to go to plan. It happens in sport just as it happens in life. Let's hope Kimi will perform very well this weekend and then continue so in Hungary. Then we'll see what happens."

If Raikkonen continues to struggle, though, the Bottas speculation will only increase.

BLUE OR RED?

Wolff, 25-year-old Bottas' manager, joked to a reporter from Finnish broadcaster MTV3: "The question is whether he will be in blue, like your microphone, or red like your shirt."

Asked to "have a guess" as to what would happen for 2016, the Austrian answered: "I'm not in the speculation business. We have to remember how much Valtteri owes to Williams. It is a great team that can win.

"On the other hand Ferrari is an icon of the sport and one of the biggest teams so it is an attractive option. We have to take the time to work it out then it's either this (blue microphone) or that (red shirt)."

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