Bottas did himself few favours in his bid to remain with Mercedes for next season by causing turn one carnage in Sunday's Hungarian Grand Prix.
Bottas does not believe "one race will affect anything", albeit adding: "We'll see in the next weeks what happens."
But in a season when Bottas needs to be performing to secure his seat alongside Lewis Hamilton for 2022, it was the worst possible outcome.
Assessing his first half of the season, Bottas said: "It hasn't gone my way.
"At least in the last few races [before Hungary] it felt like it was a slightly positive trend, getting some podiums and more points.
"But now I have three DNFs, which is quite a lot, a big chunk of points, so it's not been great.
"There is still more than half [the season] to go in terms of the number of races and we keep going. At least as a team, we've got more points than Red Bull."
Asked whether there were options being lined up given Coton was in the paddock at the Hungaroring, Bottas replied: "I can't tell you but they are working."
The indication is team principal Toto Wolff will sit down with the Daimler board at some stage over the summer break to make a call on whether Bottas or George Russell will be handed the drive for next year.
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