Mercedes has a point to prove at this weekend’s Hungarian Grand Prix, especially Valtteri Bottas.
His future at Mercedes will be settled during Formula One’s summer break, which follows Sunday’s race. Last weekend’s crash at the German GP has only increased the spotlight on the Finnish driver heading into the race.
“For sure it was not ideal,” Bottas said Thursday, reflecting on his Hockenheim crash. “Every race is important but when you know the team is making decision for the future … it can be very important.”
Bottas has been on one-year rolling contracts since joining Mercedes in 2017 as a sudden replacement for retired world champion Nico Rosberg. Last year he got the nod for 2019 only in July. This time the decision is being made even later, amid speculation he could be replaced by Red Bull’s Max Verstappen.
While he is mindful of the situation, he said the uncertainty will not affect his driving at the Hungaroring.
“It’s not the first time … so it’s business as usual,” Bottas said. “I feel I deserve to be here. I still have lots to give, lots to get. I still haven’t achieved my goals.”