Mercedes engines could join Valtteri Bottas at Alfa Romeo if Ferrari engines are dropped

• Alfa Romeo could drop its Ferrari engines in favor of Mercedes power.

• Kimi Raikkonen announced his retirement at the end of the 2021 season and could be replaced by Valtteri Bottas.

A Sauber Mercedes deal would be linked to rumors that Ferrari junior Antonio Giovinazzi will leave Alfa Romeo at the end of the season.

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Alfa Romeo could make a sensational change from Ferrari to Mercedes power.

The move would surprise many, especially as the Switzerland-based Sauber team recently extended its name sponsorship deal with Ferrari-affiliated Alfa Romeo.

But now Valtteri Bottas of Mercedes is to be signed to Alfa Romeo for 2022, as Kimi Räikkönen announces his resignation at the end of the season.

“Discussions with Honda or Renault ended with nothing,” wrote the experienced F1 journalist Roger Benoit in Blick.

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff and his Alfa Romeo colleague Frederic Vasseur are known as friends, and rumor has it that Sauber owner Finn Rausing met with Daimler boss Ola Kallenius in Spa last weekend.

A Sauber Mercedes deal would be linked to rumors that Ferrari junior Antonio Giovinazzi will leave Alfa Romeo at the end of the season.

Kimi Raikkonen

The Ferrari juniors Callum Ilott and Robert Shwartzman as well as the Vasseur protégé Theo Pourchaire are connected to the drive.

However, Ralf Schumacher believes that Williams contender Nyck de Vries should also be in the race in 2022.

“He really deserved the chance,” said the former F1 driver.

“He was a winner in Formula 2 – with ART, by the way,” said Schumacher, referring to the Formula 2 team founded by Vasseur.

What is clear is that Mercedes has now almost certainly decided to use George Russell in Bottas’ place alongside Lewis Hamilton next year.

“A decision has been made,” Kallenius told Sky Deutschland, “but it will be announced at the right time.”

Wolff added: “The time has come, but of course we have to consider all stakeholders involved.”

Finally, Ralf Schumacher questioned reports that his nephew Mick and supporter Ferrari have now definitely signed a new contract with Haas for the 2022 season.

“Mick still hasn’t signed, even if people say so,” said Schumacher.

“You just have to be patient a little longer, but I can imagine that there are just a few small formalities.”

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