Formula 1's Latest Rumours and Talk: Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes and More

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Formula 1's Latest Rumours and Talk: Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes and More
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Most Formula One drivers would be delighted to be linked to Ferrari, the most successful team in the sport's history, but Valtteri Bottas found such rumours a nuisance in the 2015 season.

As doubts over Kimi Raikkonen's future lingered, the Williams driver emerged as the favourite to replace his fellow Finn for 2016, and it was reported at one stage that the deal was all but done. 

Raikkonen, however, was eventually retained by Ferrari, leaving Bottas with no option but to continue with Williams for a fourth season.

The 26-year-old has revealed just how stressful that period was, but has explained how that experience taught him a valuable lesson ahead of the 2016 edition of "silly season."

With Toto Wolffthe Mercedes team bossa member of Bottas' management team, a switch to the Silver Arrows for 2017 would arguably make more sense for the Finn.

And Bottas is likely to be desperate to move to the two-time world champions after Andy Cowell, the Mercedes High-Performance Powertrains chief, explained why the Brackley-based team are expecting to make even more progress with their V6 turbo engine.

Progress will be the aim of the game for Renault in 2016 as the French manufacturer returns to the grid with their own team. That progress is expected to be slow and steady, but former driver Vitaly Petrov sees no reason why Renault cannot fight for the title as early as 2017.

Petrov clearly has high expectations for Renault, and another team with lofty targets are Haas, who plan to score points on their grand prix debut in March.

Gunther Steiner, the American outfit's team principal, has explained why that ambition is not unrealistic as it may seem.

Closing this week's roundup is Force India technical director Andy Green, who ahead of "launch season" has dropped a hint about the design of the team's 2016 and, most importantly, how they plan to develop it.

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