Sakhir Grand Prix: Why Valtteri Bottas has little to gain and everything to lose this weekend

“I have a job to do on my return to Williams and try and push that team forward. I need to take this opportunity with both hands and maximise the learning. The future will be judged over the course of a season, and what’s happened in the past, not just one or maybe two races.”

That’s certainly true of Russell’s position, but not when it comes to Bottas. The Finn is contacted through to the end of 2021 with Mercedes, but with Hamilton’s future – both short- and long-term – unclear, along with Wolff’s, a driver reshuffle based on the evidence of an impressive showing from the 22-year-old Briton this weekend could well come into the reckoning as F1’s new regulations arrive.

It has often been asked what Formula One will look like without Lewis Hamilton once he has moved on: this weekend, we’ll learn if the future is something to look forward to.

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