Valtteri Bottas makes massive admission about replacing Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes

Valtteri Bottas, who raced for Mercedes from 2017 to 2021, achieving 10 Grand Prix wins, transitioned to Sauber (now Alfa Romeo) in 2022.

Valtteri Bottas, the Finnish Formula 1 driver, has openly stated he would sacrifice his distinctive mullet and moustache if it meant securing a return to the Mercedes team and reigniting his chances of competing for podiums and victories.

Bottas, who raced for Mercedes from 2017 to 2021, achieving 10 Grand Prix wins, transitioned to Sauber (now Alfa Romeo) in 2022.

Since the move, despite a flourishing personal life and embracing Australian culture alongside his girlfriend Tiffany Cromwell, Bottas has faced a challenging time on the track, amassing only 10 points last season and witnessing the team’s fall to ninth in the championship standings.

The Finn’s adaptation to Australian life, complete with a mullet and moustache, has become iconic.

READ: Toto Wolff demands transparency in Christian Horner misconduct investigation

However, he humorously acknowledged in an interview with Ilta Sanomat that he would be willing to revert to a more corporate appearance for a chance to return to Mercedes, though he doubts the team would make such a demand.

“Of course, if we’re talking about success and being able to get back to fighting for podiums and victories, then yes, I believe that the hair and moustache can go,” Bottas remarked, indicating his commitment to professional success over personal style.

The possibility of returning to Mercedes is something Bottas doesn’t dismiss, highlighting the unpredictable nature of the sport.

Moreover, the recent shock move of Lewis Hamilton to Ferrari has stirred the driver market, with Bottas noting the potential for significant shifts and expressing the importance of staying alert to opportunities.

Article continues below

Bottas also commented on Hamilton’s decision, recognizing it as a surprising but understandable step given Hamilton’s stage in his career.

READ: Ferrari boss speaks out on suspicious Red Bull links

This move has already influenced the market, with Carlos Sainz searching for a new team for the 2025 season.

As for his future, Bottas, currently with Sauber, which will soon become Audi, remains open but focused on the current season, anticipating discussions about his contract in the coming months.

Bottas’s willingness to forgo his mullet and moustache for professional success underscores his dedication to his career, while the evolving driver market and Hamilton’s unexpected team change hint at an intriguing future for Formula 1 dynamics.