I would like to see Ricciardo get that seat. Lots of changes to come for next years cars though. The RB13 could be the hot ticket come 17. I hope it brings a swing of the pendulum. A little bored with the Merc dominance.
Max and Carlos in the wet are absolutely incredible to watch. I can't remember which race it was in, but in 2015 he got some camera time at a wet race and the car control he demonstrated was fantastic, it was that race that sold me on his talent.
Possibly. Williams uses Mercedes engines and so the contract buyout could simply be a discount on 2017 engines in a non-cash transaction. But I agree that it is complicated. Lance Stroll and the whole Williams team will need a veteran to replace Bottas if he leaves. In this game of chess, there is also a rumor that Massa might 'un-retire' to back for Bottas, should he leave. Regardless, it will be fun to watch!
And Toto Wolf is (or was) also Bottas manager, so that might help. If Mercedes want Bottas bad enough (money talks) they will get him, the question is if they think he's worth it, cheaper to go with Wehrlein I assume.