Although he remained mysterious regarding his future, Valtteri Bottas believes his Hungarian GP mistake will not influence Mercedes’ decision to resign him or not.
Bottas already apologized for his mistake during the Hungarian Grand Prix, causing multiple cars to retire and inflicting huge damages to Max Verstappen’s single-seater. The Finnish driver was penalized with a five-place grid drop for the Belgian Grand Prix following this incident.
As rumors of Mercedes replacing Bottas with Williams’ George Russell are currently catching fire, the Finn ending his race on lap one following a very likely avoidable mistake will probably not play in his favor. Nevertheless, the 31-year-old, true to himself, remained calm and admitted thinking his mistake will not disproportionately influence Mercedes’ decision of extending his contract or not.
“We didn’t speak about [my future]. I don’t think one race will influence anything. I don’t think so. We’ll see in the next weeks what happens,” Bottas said.
However, the Mercedes driver would enjoy jumping in the car again in three weeks of time, in Spa, and impress his team with a good result after a stint of very average performances.
“If I’m honest, 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.”
Bottas was also asked if his managers were already in talks with other teams in case Mercedes decided to release him. The Finn remained very mysterious but implied that research work was already underway.
“I can’t tell you but we’re working.”