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Mercedes ‘never considered’ Valtteri Bottas U-turn despite Lewis Hamilton retirement fears

Mercedes never looked into the possibility of resigning Valtteri Bottas from Alfa Romeo for a year despite fears that Lewis Hamilton could call time on his Formula One career before the 2022 season, according to reports. Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff sparked speculation that Hamilton could retire from the sport shortly after the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, declaring that his driver’s return next year was not a foregone conclusion.