Following a rollercoaster ride on track this season, asked if the rumours were distracting, Bottas replied: “No, because I know that I’m not going to be replaced in the middle of the season.
“As a team, we don’t do that. I have a contract for this year and I think there’s only one team [Red Bull] that does that kind of thing in F1 and we are not that. So, no pressure from my side.
“I know how things are, there’s always bullshit around, but that’s part of the sport.”
Whether a mid-season move happens or not, there still remains a significant question mark over the Finnish driver’s future at the team beyond the end of this season.
Asked if he is confident of staying at Mercedes next year, Bottas added: “I don’t know at this point, it’s early days. I haven’t really thought about next year.
“My core focus is on here and now because that’s all that matters and that will normally bring a good future.
"So I have no idea, and at the moment, I don’t care. I am just focusing on this year and putting every thought and bit of energy into that.”
What do you think?
I don't think it's fair to ask a driver if he is going to be replaced by another driver during the season. I'm no fan of bottas and would have preferred to have seen russell in the merc seat this year. But like bottas said, only red bull do that to their drivers. However, next year he is out for sure!!!
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