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F1 Austrian Grand Prix: Bottas calm over ‘frozen’ 2017 contract talks

Valtteri Bottas says he isn't concerned by 2017 contract talks going cold after taking a more hands-on role with his future.
Valtteri Bottas says he isn't concerned by 2017 contract talks going cold after taking a more hands-on role with his future in F1.

The Finn has opted to take a more active role in his contract negotiations for next year alongside his management and advisors of Toto Wolff, Mika Hakkinen and Didier Coton with Williams.

Bottas has also been linked as a potential replacement for Kimi Raikkonen at Ferrari, having lost out to his countryman for the Ferrari drive last year, but says despite contract talks stalling he is confident of a positive resolution.

“I feel comfortable, time will show what's going to happen, but like I said everything is still a bit frozen,” Bottas said. “There has been no decision made by Williams I would guess. But we will need to wait and see.

“There's no key date. Like I said everything's a little bit frozen and there's not much movement one way or another. Still have to wait a few races and see what's going to happen.

“I would say I'm just very interested of my own future, still I have Toto, Mika, Didi behind me, I have all the support from them and all the help from them. I just want to be more involved and I think it's quite handy if I speak with Claire or anyone, it's quite simple.”

Bottas currently sits seventh in the F1 world championship table with the highlight of a rostrum result at Canada. The Finn is only one of three drivers on the F1 grid to secure a classified finish in every race this season, along with Daniel Ricciardo and Sergio Perez, and has scored points in eight of the opening nine races.
by Haydn Cobb



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tommytrojan1

July 05, 2016 10:16 PM

I believe Bottas in a Ferrari would be a pretty exciting prospect. No disrespect to Kimi, but ever since his return to the Prancing Horse, his drives seem muted - even when he finishes on the podium. For some reason, that unique fire and incredible natural speed don't appear to be there anymore. Of course, that could be down to new machinery/regulations/tyre spec, etc. but to me Kimi's best Ferrari years may well be behind him. Shame, because I really rate him as a pure driver. I hope I'm wrong. nevertheless, I do think Bottas and Ferrari would be quite an interesting pairing - they could do much worse.



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