For a few weeks now, rumours have been running rampant that Mercedes will not retain Valtteri Bottas beyond 2021. The Finn gives his comments.
In the last few years there has been a lot of speculation about Mercedes replacing Valtteri Bottas, but never as much as in the last few weeks.
The rumours ranged from Mercedes replacing Valtteri before the season is over to Williams’ George Russell replacing him next year.
At the French Grand Prix Thursday press conference the Finn was asked to comment on those rumours.
“Obviously you can’t always block the noise that is around,” said Bottas.
“And every season is the same thing: the same questions and same speculation, that’s part of the sport.
“So I think it’s a bit too early for me yet to answer that in detail. We haven’t really yet discussed anything about contract with Mercedes, and that will come eventually.
“Now, it’s just really the focus for this triple-header, and we’ll see that after maybe at some point, but not much more to say at this point.”
Valtteri goes on to say that there was no indication from Mercedes that the team is considering not retaining his services.
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“With Toto [Wolff], we speak often, that’s normal for us, and we’ve also spoken lately. That’s normal. But I can confirm that, at least nobody told me about that, so yeah that’s not true, that’s speculation.
“I’m sure there’s all kinds of speculation that is not based on any facts. People are trying to make up stories, just for the clicks. That’s how it goes.”
Bottas adds that the timing of contract negotiations differs from year to year.
“It depends how your season has been and depends on the overall situation of the team, if they are looking for other options or not at all. Some years has been earlier, some years later, so that’s not like a norm.
“But all I can say is that we just want to focus on the next three races. It’s going to require a lot from us as a team before we make any decisions together.
“And my gut feeling at the moment, I haven’t really allowed myself to think about that too much, because that can become a distraction, I’ve learned that.
“So it will come at some point. And so, for now the gut is not saying anything.
“I just want to win races and get the results that I’m aiming for personally,” concluded Bottas.