There was talk of it two years ago and it has surfaced again…Toto Wolff and a ‘soft landing’ for Valtteri Bottas if he exits Mercedes.

Bottas will, obviously, leave the World Champions one day and reports are suggesting it could be sooner rather than later with George Russell waiting in the wings for his seat.

It may even be announced in the next few weeks that Mercedes will have an all-British line-up for 2022 with Russell joining Lewis Hamilton, who has already signed a two-year contract extension.

But what then for Bottas? In August 2019, Wolff spoke of trying to help arrange a “soft landing” for the Finn at another competitive Formula 1 team when his services were no longer required – and now that potential prospect has re-emerged.

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