Valtteri Bottas’ rumoured shock move as another F1 2025 domino falls down – F1 news round-up

Henry Valantine
Valtteri Bottas sits with his arms folded in a press conference. F1 news

Valtteri Bottas doesn't yet know his 2025 plans.

Monday’s F1 news saw reports linking Valtteri Bottas with a move back to Williams, which understands to be a serious possibility.

We have continued reaction from Imola as well, and with additional reporting from Thomas Maher, let’s take a look at the key headlines from Monday.

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Valtteri Bottas to return to Williams?

Two reports have linked Valtteri Bottas with a return to Williams from 2025, with understanding the links made by Australia’s Speedcafe and Finland’s VSabladet to be verified.

Bottas joined Formula 1 with the Grove-based team and spent the first four years of his career there before moving to Mercedes in 2017, and was spotted in the Williams motorhome in Imola.

Bottas himself commented on the speculation over the weekend, though the team said they were not paying attention to driver market “rumours”, with one seat alongside Alex Albon in 2025 not yet confirmed.

Read more: Logan Sargeant out, Valtteri Bottas in at Williams with no place for Kimi Antonelli – report

Sebastian Vettel gives latest view on F1 return after Imola outing

Sebastian Vettel was visibly emotional after driving Ayrton Senna’s 1993 McLaren MP4/8 – which he now owns – around Imola this weekend, holding the flags of Brazil and Austria aloft in honour of Senna and Roland Ratzenberger, 30 years after their tragic deaths at the same circuit.

Afterwards, conversation naturally turned to whether or not he hopes to be back on the grid in 2025, and while he said he was “content” with how life is at the moment, he added that the thrill of that moment in front of a packed was something that gave him the urge to be back in a competitive car.

Read more: Sebastian Vettel offers F1 return update after ‘wish to be in competitive car on the grid’ claim

Toto Wolff runs ‘maths’ on Christian Horner’s Mercedes HPP claim

When Christian Horner claimed Red Bull had taken up to 220 staff from Mercedes as Red Bull Powertrains has taken flight, Toto Wolff said that number was in fact much lower – and part of the “natural fluctuations” of team-to-team movement.

He told media including “You got to work on the maths. Nineteen engineers.

“Whatever those numbers are, I think there’s natural fluctuations between teams that come and go, which is completely normal.”

Read more: Toto Wolff counters Christian Horner’s ‘220’ staff exit claim from Mercedes to Red Bull

Oscar Piastri points out possible weakness in upgraded MCL38

Upgrades have given McLaren a lot more performance of late, but Oscar Piastri explained that a by-product of that is taking away performance in other areas.

As a result, he feels the new MCL38 may not be as competitive at high speed as before, though it has more than made up for it in how much it has gained in lower-speed corners.

Piastri had qualified second for the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix but struggled to overtake around the tight confines of Imola, after dropping back to fifth following a three-place grid penalty.

Read more: Potential weakness in upgraded McLaren MCL38 highlighted by Oscar Piastri

Helmut Marko points to ‘not helpful’ Lando Norris message

In sounding a little tense on team radio while pushing to catch Max Verstappen, Helmut Marko believes that kind of interaction between driver and engineer was not ideal for Lando Norris while he was at his limit on Sunday.

“It was an interesting radio message from his engineer. He was driving at the absolute limit and he said he should increase his speed,” he said to Sky Deutschland.

“I think that really annoyed him. It certainly wasn’t helpful when you were concentrating in a situation like that.”

Read more: Helmut Marko hints at ‘not helpful’ Lando Norris messages as ‘deciding factor’ in Imola win