Transmission rumors about F1 driver Valtteri Bota have intensified in recent days.

According to F1-Insider, Williams' 23-year-old George Russell will replace the Finn with Mercedes next season.

Helmut Marko, an advisor to Red Bull's management, beat more gasoline into the flames.

According to him, it is likely that Bottas will replace the young British with Williams.

So in a stable that hasn’t accumulated a single point this season or last season.

Rumors gained new impetus on Tuesday.

According to German television channel RTL, Mercedes team manager Toto Wolff and Bottas are discussing the future already this weekend in France.

According to the magazine, the final decision to change drivers will be made before the second race in Austria on July 4, so that Bottas has enough time to find a new employer.

Williams team manager Jost Capito commented on Russell and Bottas' situation in an RTL interview.

He laid out his words carefully.

- We have a contract with Russell until the end of the season, but as we know, everything can be arranged if necessary.

I have a good relationship with Toto, Capito said, adding that “Toto can call me anytime”.

Capito stressed to the channel that Russell is at least currently happy with Williams.

Talks about the transfer already in the middle of this season he acknowledged as speculation.

However, the German boss did not knock out that Bottas could not return to Williams for next season.

Nastolalainen drove in the stable for the seasons 2013–16.

- Right now I do not rule out any options.

Anything is possible, he said enigmatically.

The F1 season continues over the weekend at the Paul Ricard track in France.

Bottas, who swept in sixth in the World Series, has missed points in the previous two races.