Valtteri Bottas states he has a “Plan B” and “even a Plan C” in case he is not maintained by Mercedes as Lewis Hamilton’s colleague next year.
The Finnish motorist is 2nd in this year’s chauffeurs’ champion however deals with an unsure summer season break as he waits on Mercedes to pick his agreement alternative for2020 He deals with competitors for the drive from reserve motorist Esteban Ocon, with Mercedes group manager Toto Wolff preparation to decide throughout F1’s summer season break.
Bottas began the year with 2 wins from the very first 4 races, however his type has dropped off at current rounds and he now tracks Hamilton by 62 points in the chauffeurs’ standings. The last 2 races were especially expensive after he crashed out of the German Grand Prix and completed eighth in Hungary, and although Wolff states he will not decide based upon one-off outcomes, Bottas deals with a long summer season waiting on a choice.
“I’m not really nervous, but for sure it would be nice to hear some news from the team, to know what they want to do as well,” he stated on Sunday night in Hungary. “But what can I do?
” I do not believe one race is going to modification anything and I’m sure we’ll get some more news soon.”
Ocon has been connected to drives at Renault and Haas if he does not protect the Mercedes seat, which might likewise represent choices for Bottas if Wolff’s choice goes the other method. If Mercedes does not maintain him, the Finn stated he is currently lining up possible choices.
” Of course when you are in this circumstance, similar to whatever in Formula One, you require to have a Plan B and, often, even a Plan C,” he said. ” For sure when you’re discussing things it’s constantly excellent to have various strategies and that’s what I’m doing.”
Bottas confessed the additional pressure of not understanding his future is not assisting his quote to battle Hamilton for the champion.
” For sure when contract-wise you’re on the limitation, it never ever assists,” he added. ” Some individuals may believe some chauffeurs carry out much better under pressure when things are on the limitation however, for sure, for me it does not assist.
” I can’t state that entering into Turn 1 [in Hungary] I was thinking of it– I do not believe so … however I was really starving for the win, not matter if there are agreement talks or not. I desired to win this race, so I took the threat.
” Today simply didn’t go rather as prepared, it might have been a lot various, we’re discussing centimeters here and there, so … that’s how it goes.”