Valtteri Bottas: “I don’t think one race will influence anything”

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After causing a big accident at the Hungarian Grand Prix, many have started questioning if Valtteri Bottas‘ performance will lead to Mercedes deciding against keeping him for 2022.

At the start of the Hungarian Grand Prix Valtteri Bottas hit Lando Norris’ McLaren, which caused four cars to be taken out and the race to be red flagged.

For this incident Borras was handed a five-place grid penalty at the next race and two penalty points on his superlicence.

However, the Finn says he will “take” the penalty, because there will be lots of chances to overtake at the next race in Belgium.

“I’ll take it,” Bottas said.

“Obviously it’s not ideal, but at least in the next race it is possible to overtake so it’s not like the weekend is over.

“It’s just going to make it more difficult but if that’s the decision, that’s what it is.”

With Mercedes expected to make their decision on who will drive for the team in 2022 during the summer break, some are suggesting that Bottas’ mistake could ultimately cost him his seat.

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Toto Wolff already said the team will not make a decision on the back of one race, and now Bottas himself says he believes this incident will not play a significant part in Mercedes’ decision.

“We didn’t speak about [my future],” said the Finn.

“I don’t think one race will influence anything. I don’t think so. We’ll see in the next weeks what happens.

“If I’m honest, it would be nice to race next weekend and try and get a good race. But I guess it’s time for a break and try to come back strong and try and have a positive start to the second half.”

Bottas was then asked if he and his management are already talking to different teams.

“I can’t tell you – but we’re working,” the Finn replied.

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