Valtteri Bottas untroubled by Mercedes exit rumours


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Valtteri Bottas does not seem too concerned over his Formula 1 future despite growing rumours this could be his final season driving for Mercedes.

The Finn is currently in his third season with the Silver Arrows after he made the switch from Williams in 2017. The 29-year-old managed to finish third in the drivers’ championship during his first season with the team, but disappointed by ending up fifth in 2018 and was without a win to his name.

He has upped his game this year, with victory in Australia and Azerbaijan, but has also made a few high-profile mistakes that have cost him and his team. Team-mate Lewis Hamilton has won eight times in 2019, while Bottas’ two wins have been matched by Red Bull’s Max Verstappen.

It seems Mercedes’ British flyer will go on to claim a sixth F1 title, while Bottas and Verstappen battle it out for second spot, and there have been reports that team principal Toto Wolff is planning to replace him with Racing Point’s Esteban Ocon in 2020. However, as the drivers enjoy the mid-season break, the former GP3 Series champion seems relaxed about what might happen.

“The situation has not changed for me, so everything is open and I am waiting for information from the team,” he told Ilta Sanomat newspaper. “I have the feeling that everything will be fine in one way or another. I can’t say any more when I don’t know what’s going on.”

Bottas is priced at 41.00 to win this year’s F1 title, with Hamilton 1.04 and Verstappen 12.00.

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