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Report: Scuderia Ferrari eyeing to sign Bottas for 2016

Report: Scuderia Ferrari eyeing to sign Bottas for 2016 image

Text: Martin Aguilar / Photos: Valtteri Bottas Facebook page | posted June 29, 2015 15:00

Could this be the curtain call for Kimi?

Scuderia Ferrari Formula One (F1) team is looking to revamp its driver line-up for the 2016 season as the Italian team is reportedly eyeing to sign William's Valtteri Bottas.

According to Germany's Bild newspaper, Scuderia Ferrari is working out a deal to secure the services of Bottas. Bild adds that Scuderia Ferrari is offering 4 million euros (around PhP 200M) to the Williams F1 team to release the 25-year-old Bottas. However, Williams F1 deputy chief Claire Williams is reportedly demanding more.

Williams Martini Racing F1 driver Valtteri Bottas

Williams F1 team's counter-offer could be as much as 15 million euros (around PhP 748M), which is said to be initially rejected by Scuderia Ferrari Team Principal Maurizio Arrivabene.

Bild claims that 2015 Le Mans 24 Hours Endurance Champion Nico Hulkenberg will replace Bottas if the Finn decides to sign with Scuderia Ferrari.

On the other hand, Scudria Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen only had a single podium this season. Raikkonen was also forced to retire in Australia and was involved in a massive first-lap crash in Austria.

Source: Fox Sports