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Bottas unhappy with media speculation

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31/07/2015

Valtteri Bottas admits to being unsettled by continued speculation over his future.

In recent months, the Finn has continually been in the headlines, linked with the seat at Ferrari currently filled by countryman Kimi Raikkonen.

Earlier this month the Italian media claimed that Ferrari has paid Williams €12m (8.3m) to release the Finn from his current contract which runs out at the end of 2016. The Maranello outfit's own option on Raikkonen for 2016 running out at the end of this month.

However, whilst a certain podium for Raikkonen in Hungary last week was wrecked by an ERS failure, Bottas gave an unconvincing performance, which left many baffled.

"Obviously there have been some annoying rumours,' he told the Daily Mail. "Those are not true and they are not fair for Williams and not fair for Kimi. Before there are any facts we just need to wait and see what happens.

"Of course any speculation is always a bit disturbing," he told the tabloid, "but once you approach the race weekend you don't think about anything else but the driving itself and working with your team.'

Despite Williams slump in Hungary, Bottas believes the British team should take heart from Ferrari's shock win.

"Mercedes are really strong at the moment but Ferrari showed in Budapest that it is possible to beat them," he said. "Never say never, we are still aiming to win races. They have a really quick car but anything can happen in motorsport. We need to believe in it and take every opportunity, it could be there this season."

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1. Posted by gormsen, 07/08/2015 9:24

"Instead of moaning and groaning why does Bottas deny or not deny the so called media rumours that are unsettling him"

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2. Posted by Roope, 03/08/2015 16:11

"The most stupid thing Ferrari could do would be to break the harmonious driver pairing they have. Both are equally fast and among, if not the fastest drivers in the field. Yes, Kimi has made some mistakes, we all do. But his performance has been overshadowed by persistent bad luck as well. And, the performance of Kimi's team has not been the smoothest either. Paying Williams $12 million to get Bottas in 2016 would be a total waste. Continuity in developing the 2016 Ferrari F1 car is key for success. As a fellow Finn, I am proud of both, but Valtteri is in a strong team (getting stronger) and should stay put."

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