Bottas: Tracks picked for ‘pure political reasons’

Date published: July 20 2019

Valtteri Bottas joins Lewis Hamilton in calling for greater driver input on what tracks make the calendar.

Valtteri Bottas believes that many of the circuits on the Formula 1 calendar are selected for “pure political reasons and money”.

The Dutch and Vietnam Grand Prix’s will join Formula 1 for the first time in 2020 at a time when new tracks added to the calendar have attracted citicism.

The French GP at Paul Ricard debuted in 2018, but the 2019 race was heavily criticised before two fantastic races followed in Austria and Britain – the Red Bull Ring and Silverstone respectively have a reputation for producing exciting action.

Bottas’ Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton recently spoke out against the issue, and the Finn has joined him in wanting more of a driver input on which tracks are selected.

“I’m sure many of the track selections for the calendar, it’s just pure political reasons and money, rather than actually focusing on whether it’s good for racing or not,” Bottas told Motorsport.com.

“From our side, it’s not that nice. We love racing. Everyone loves good racing, so that’s how it should be.

“Like Lewis said, as the GPDA [Grand Prix Drivers Association], we’re very keen to give our input because we’re in the car.

“We know exactly which type of tracks we need to have good racing. We have the feeling.

“So we are very, very happy to help.”

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