I know that fans want to see Russell in a Mercedes, but the idea of breaking up his current pairing must weigh extremely heavy on Toto. For the most part, Bottas fulfills his role better than any second driver in modern F1 history. After his conversation with Toto, Russell publicly acknowledged that Lewis and Valtteri are his teammates, but I don’t know if he would offer the same level of cooperation that we have seen from Bottas.
I fully understand the pros and cons of pairing either with Lewis, and as a fan of the team, I will be happy to see either one in the second car. I’m just grateful that the decision isn’t mine.