Jul.12 (GMM) Former F1 driver JJ Lehto thinks Valtteri Bottas could keep his race seat at Mercedes.
Earlier, former Lotus boss Matthew Carter said he has heard from “sources” that Mercedes reserve Esteban Ocon will replace Bottas for 2020.
But Lehto told Iltalehti newspaper: “Valtteri has done such a good job that I see the possibilities of that (Ocon replacing him) as very small.
“Also, Toto Wolff’s recent comments have not convinced me that Ocon has a strong chance at Mercedes. I see it as more likely that he will go to another team.”
Lehto thinks that if Bottas can maintain his current pace, he will be given another contract extension for 2020.
“Mercedes is definitely thinking about last year, when Bottas was really good until a collapse came after the signing of the extension. Then, everyone wondered why it was extended so early,” said the Finn.
“This year, Valtteri has shown really good momentum all the time. He has been able to challenge Hamilton and if that continues, there is no reason why he would not get a new contract.”
The 2019 United States Grand Prix is only a few weeks away. U.S. race fans must take advantage of the only F1 race in the country. Guests of Grand Prix Tours are invited to our Race Preview Party on Saturday evening hosted by a race celebrity and to our post-race dinner hosted by a race commentator. Our complete travel packages will sell out, contact us for more details and for remaining availability.
The Mexican Grand Prix has new place on the calendar. The race is now on the last weekend of October just before the United States Grand Prix. The race is in jeopardy of not being on the calendar next season so we highly encourage all race fans take advantage of what could be the last Mexican GP for some time.
Join Grand Prix Tours December 1st at the awe-inspiring Yas Marina Circuit for the 2019 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. This wonderfully designed circuit is one of a kind and a must see for all motorsports enthusiasts. Watching the drivers navigate the marina at Yas Island and drive under and through the Viceroy Hotel, is nothing short of incredible.