Of course he is! Bottas’ manager is Toto Wolf, the chap who is the team principal at Mercedes. Need I say more?
However Bottas couldn’t get out of his contract with Williams without a ‘senior’ driver being at Williams to mentor rookie Lance Stroll, who is bringing a shopping bag (a very large shopping bag) of Daddy’s money (try 80 million dollars).
The answer to the conundrum lies in recently retired Williams F1 driver Felipe Massa, the Brazilian veteran who only called time on his career at the end of last season. If Felipe will do another year, he could re-sign for Williams making it possible for Bottas to move to Mercedes.
What a wonderful bag full of worms!