Bottas doesn’t think one race will ‘influence anything’

Date published: August 4 2021 - Michelle Foster

Valtteri Bottas sitting on a wall

Valtteri Bottas doesn’t believe his Hungarian GP mistake, one that caused a multi-car crash, will influence Mercedes’ 2022 driver decision.

Bottas is up against George Russell for the second Mercedes race seat with Toto Wolff saying he’ll make a decision over the course of the summer break.

As such it was important for the two candidates to go into the summer break on a high note.

Russell did just that at the Hungarian Grand Prix, scoring his first-ever points for Williams with a P8 finish; Bottas did anything but.

The Finn caused a multi-car accident on the opening lap, punting himself, Sergio Perez and Lando Norris into retirement. He also caused significant damage to Max Verstappen’s Red Bull.

Wolff has already claimed that the crash won’t “influence the decision at all”, the mistake was “unfortunate with big consequences”.

Bottas say he is not worried.

“We didn’t speak about [my future],” the Finn told the official F1 website when asked if he’d had a post-race conversation with Wolff.

“I don’t think one race will influence anything. I don’t think so.

“We’ll see in the next weeks what happens.”

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While Bottas retired from Sunday’s grand prix, Hamilton raced to second place to take the lead in the Drivers’ Championship by eight points over Verstappen.

The Brit has 195 points on the board with four wins, Bottas is P4 in the standings with 108 points and not a single win.

“If I’m honest,” he continued, “it would be nice to race next weekend and try and get a good race but I guess it’s time for a break and try to come back strong and try and have a positive start to the second half.”

But while Bottas may be right in saying his Hungarian antics won’t influence Mercedes’ decision, that could be because it has already been made.

Pundits believe it is only a matter of time before Mercedes confirm Russell with Bottas linked to Alfa Romeo and his former team Williams.

Asked if he or his management are speaking to other teams, he replied: “I can’t tell you – but we’re working!”