Valtteri Bottas says there is 'nothing new to tell' with regards to rumours strongly linking him to a Ferrari move for the 2016 Formula 1 World Championship season.
Reports in the Italian media claimed Ferrari had agreed a fee with Williams that would allow Bottas to be released from his existing contract, though it is believed no firm deal can be arranged until August at the earliest.
For his part, Bottas says he has little to add to the stories as he neither confirmed nor denied them. At the same time though, he admits he does not know where the rumours have originated from.
“I can't [say anything about contract negotiations],” he said. “For me there is nothing new to tell you since last time. Obviously there are a lot of rumours… I don't know where the rumours are coming from. Nothing is confirmed, so we have to wait and see.”
The Williams Martini Racing driver – who is currently fourth in the overall standings - has long been considered the primary target for Ferrari to replace the increasingly out-of-favour Kimi Raikkonen. However, Ferrari has also claimed to not be in a rush to make a decision, while Bottas is also relaxed about his situation.
“Of course as a driver you want it as soon as possible, but sometimes you have to wait. That's life. For sure we are going to tell when there is something to tell about.
“It doesn't really change anything for me. It doesn't matter if I am going to start some other transfers or not, it doesn't make a difference.”
Should Bottas go ahead and replace Raikkonen at Ferrari, the 2007 F1 world champion has already indicated that he would retire if he wasn't retained.