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Why every F1 team should want to be Bottas' Plan B

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Valtteri Bottas is still waiting to hear on his Mercedes future, but losing a seat at the best Formula 1 team on the grid might not be a career-ending disaster. He would be an incredibly valuable asset for any other team

Valtteri Bottas wants to stay at Mercedes in 2019, as any driver in that situation would, but he's also a pragmatist. That's why he's admitted to considering a 'Plan B' just in case he is dropped in favour of Esteban Ocon, which remains a possibility given team boss Toto Wolff admitted before the start of the August break that this was the choice with which he is currently grappling.

Being cast aside by the best team in grand prix racing seems like the death sentence for a career, and it would be a body blow for Bottas. But it would be far from fatal, because once spat out from Mercedes he should be able to choose between a Plan B, C and D - and perhaps go even deeper into the alphabet given the experience and qualities he could take to a rival grand prix team. If the worst happens, most of the other teams on the grid should seriously consider signing him up for 2020.

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