The signing of Valtteri Bottas by Mercedes as a replacement for Nico Rosberg, it is a given in all segments of the Formula 1, but the negotiation between Williams and the German team is still complex.
In any case, the Deputy Director of the team Claire Williams, assumes that the march of the Finnish driver is almost secure, and asserts that it makes no sense to hold a rider against his will. “everyone wants to know, probably more who will be the companion of Lewis (Hamilton) and, of course, once that Nico (Rosberg) made its announcement, we knew that probably would call Toto (Wolff). It is a great opportunity for Valtteri and he has given a lot to Williams. We have always said that, if we can make this possible in a way that is positive for Williams, it is probably the right thing to do (allow Bottas exposé by Mercedes)”, said Williams in a statement picked up by Sky Sports.
Claire recognizes the great contribution that Valtteri Bottas has done in the team and does not hide that wants to take advantage of the opportunity that Mercedes provides, but while the deal is not closed, Bottas is still working with the Grove. “No one wants on his team, a pilot who wants to be in another site. It is also not good to stop a pilot who has a great opportunity, particularly at the point at which is located the race (sport) Valtteri, but you have to work hard for Williams and that is what we have been working during the past six weeks”.
The announcement is expected since December, and, according to Claire Williams, the wait could be finished before the 22 of January. The daughter of Sir Frank Williams, however, asserts that it is not willing to release Bottas at any price and that only if it is beneficial for your computer, it will allow your progress. “we’re near the end and possibly we can make an announcement next week, but it has to be the right thing for Williams, whatever you do, it will always be the right decision for Williams regardless of the opinion of other people”. Such a decision is directly related to the replacement of Bottas, who must be an experienced driver and preferably knowledgeable of the team, cause that Felipe Massa is the leading candidate.