Valtteri Bottas says he is 'not worried' about his F1 future despite admitting he is heading into the summer break with no firm indication that he will remain with Williams for the 2017 F1 season.
Currently in the midst of his fourth season with Williams, Bottas has struggled to match the podium-winning form of 2014 and 2015 as Williams increasingly finds itself detached from the front-running battle with Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull.
Indeed, while those three teams having now firmed their driver line-ups for 2017, Williams has indicated that it is considering shaking up its team having run Bottas and Felipe Massa for the last three seasons.
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However, while Massa is considered most at risk, Bottas remains confident he will agree a new deal with over the upcoming summer hiatus, even if it is not with Williams.
“As for Williams, I cannot say it, it's too early to say. Normally everything has been confirmed and signed around September, so I'm not worried at all. We need to wait and see for everything to be confirmed. For me it has always been decided after the summer break, so I'm not really in a rush with that. So, no news this week.
Coming after Bottas revealed he is taking a more 'hands-on' approach to his management, he denied such talks are a 'distraction'.
“For me it's very natural to speak directly with the team, and it's nice to be more involved because I'm extremely interested in my own career. It's been no problem, no distraction.”
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