Bottas denies anything decided about his Mercedes future | Inquirer Sports
Close  

Bottas denies anything decided about his Mercedes future

/ 05:21 PM June 18, 2021
Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas during a press conference ahead of the Monaco Grand Prix Pool

Formula One F1 – Monaco Grand Prix – Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco – May 19, 2021 Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas during a press conference ahead of the Monaco Grand Prix Pool via REUTERS/Sebastien Nogier

Valtteri Bottas recognized on Thursday that speculation was mounting about his Formula One future with Mercedes but denied anything had been decided.

The Finn has not scored a point from the last two races, although a blank in Monaco was due to the team being unable to remove a wheel, and has dropped to sixth overall in the standings with 47 points.

ADVERTISEMENT

Seven-times world champion teammate Lewis Hamilton, second overall, has won three races and scored 54 points more than Bottas after six rounds.

“You can’t always block the noise that is around, and every season is the same thing, the same questions and the same speculation. It’s part of the sport,” Bottas told reporters ahead of the French Grand Prix.

FEATURED STORIES

“We haven’t really yet discussed anything about the contract with Mercedes, and that will come eventually,” he said, adding that he had not devoted much thought to any ‘Plan B’.

Bottas is out of contract at the end of the season and some media reports have suggested he had already been told it would not be extended, with Britain’s George Russell set to move from Williams.

The Finn said he spoke often with team boss and shareholder Toto Wolff but what had been reported was not true.

“That’s speculation and I’m sure there is all kind of speculation that is not based on any facts,” he added.

“People are trying to make up stories just for the clicks. That’s how it goes.”

Asked what his ‘gut feeling’ was about his future, Bottas replied: “I haven’t really allowed myself to think about that too much because that can become a distraction.

“It will come at some point. So for now the gut is not saying anything.”

RELATED STORIES

Bottas made to ‘look like a fool’ by Mercedes stand-in Russell

 

Bottas looks to be on borrowed time at Mercedes 

Read Next
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: Formula One, Mercedes, Valtteri Bottas
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.

Subscribe to our sports news

By providing an email address. I agree to the Terms of Use and acknowledge that I have read the Privacy Policy.



© Copyright 1997-2021 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.