Bottas on Mercedes contract: I'm always on the limit
Valtteri Bottas says it is important for drivers to have a 'plan B' with regards to what team they will end up driving for, because constant contract speculation 'never, ever helps' when trying to succeed in the sport.
The Finn has suffered two awful races in a row for the Silver Arrows. In Germany last weekend he crashed out completely, while in Hungary on Sunday he suffered an early mishap after a collision with Lewis Hamilton and Charles Leclerc, which saw him eventually finish eighth.
After the race in Budapest, Toto Wolff claimed Bottas’ future would not be dependent on one bad day at the office, but suggested the team would weigh up the pros and cons of changing driver.
He said to Motorsport: "Contract-wise you're on the limit – it never, ever helps. People think that some drivers perform better under pressure when things are on the limit, but for sure for me it doesn't help.
“But I would like to hear from the team about this. When you’re in Formula 1, you should always have a plan B and plan C as well.
"For sure it's not easy, that's the thing in this sport, finding the limit, calculating the risks, pushing hard and trying to take the opportunities but not to f**k up. That's how it goes.
Bottas remains second in the F1 drivers’ championship behind Hamilton in first, and ahead of the Red Bull of Max Verstappen in third.
We should all have a plan B. Easy to disregard when things are going well and everything looks rosy. But you never know... If not your mistake or bad decision it can be someone else's change of plan or fault. Like making a will, we keep putting it off. Good luck to Bottas, he isn't that bad actually, just bad luck he came up against Hamilton in his peak years and being an especially great driver. He can hold his head up for sure. I'd like to know what he is planning though. Would he drop down the field or change series altogether?
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