Valtteri Bottas insists that “one mistake” at the German Grand Prix will not seal his fate with the Silver Arrows.
The Finn’s contract expires at the end of this season and it looks to be a straight decision between him or reserve driver Esteban Ocon which Mercedes will take in the coming weeks.
Bottas didn’t help his cause much after crashing out of the German Grand Prix in changeable conditions, but while admitting that the timing of the error was “not ideal”, he also doesn’t think “one mistake” will decide his future with the team.
“For sure it was not ideal in terms of that, but it happens,” Bottas is quoted by Motorsport.com.
“Unfortunately it was a mistake that happened at the wrong time, but I was also trying hard, pushing hard, which is what the team wants to see.
“I don’t think one mistake or one race is going to change anything. That’s my answer coming here.
“I should really not think about it, I need to perform at my best, and focus on that. I know I can do well, so I’ll try to do that this weekend. Then it’s a lot up to the team with the decision, then we see. But no stress, full gas.”
On the flip side of the coin, Bottas doesn’t feel a solid Hungarian Grand Prix would secure a new deal either.
“Every race is important, but for sure when you know the team is making decisions about your future it can be very important, but like I said it doesn’t change anything for me, it’s not the first time I’m in this situation, so it’s business as usual,” he explained.
“I know myself I feel I deserve to be here, and I enjoy it very much. I still have lots to give, lots to get, I still haven’t achieved my goals. Honestly, I don’t really think about it. Every race in F1 is important.”
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Team-mate Lewis Hamilton also spun at the same place where Bottas did moments after in Germany, but the Championship leader was fortunate to get away with no damage.
Bottas confirmed he wasn’t made aware of this by the team.
“I was not informed about that. There were obviously plenty of things going on in the race and for sure the team had to filter in those conditions what they informed me about, what information they feel I should have, because it is more demanding mentally to drive in those conditions and it doesn’t need much to make a mistake,” he stated.
“Obviously, they try to minimise the workload for the driver and the outside distractions, information. I didn’t get that information. Maybe now looking back it would have been maybe nice.
“It was actually only when I saw the crash I had from the top view [overhead camera] and I could see only then a proper clear dry line and then the wet line outside, which wasn’t that visible in the car actually.
“It’s not the first disappointment, not the last one. It’s always painful when it’s down to you, your own driving mistake. Not a big one, but consequences were big. So I had to go through it.”