Valtteri Bottas has said he believes Mercedes won’t arrive at Silverstone and suddenly be better than Red Bull.
Since Baku, Mercedes have clearly been second best to Red Bull in terms of car pace, with the team now going through their longest winless streak in the turbo-hybrid era. This is something Bottas believes will be difficult to change in Silverstone, despite his teams’ past record being the gold standard.
“I feel like this year is for sure a bit different,” Bottas said. “Red Bull have been quick everywhere no matter which track so far this year, so we’re not expecting to come here and suddenly we’re going to be on top.”
“Of course, we would like to think that hopefully we’re in better form than in Austria. We have some new bits in the car, hopefully that will bring us closer to Red Bull. I don’t think we’re going to be on pole by one second like last year, but I hope we can fight for the pole so let’s see.”
Bottas was also asked about the potential of a rally switch, amid continued questions over his F1 future.
“I always try to think positive and I know what I want and I want to stay with the team – that’s the best chance for me to win races next year and fight for title,” he said.
“Never say never, I don’t know. Rally? I really enjoy it, it’s really good fun – every time I’ve been in a rally car I’ve been always smiling so it’s good fun – but to actually make a job out of it, it could be quite tricky; the guys are pretty competitive, they’ve done it all their life.”
Bottas sits fifth in the title with nine races gone.