Valtteri Bottas, who is currently a driver for Williams, reports that he is ‘unaffected’ by claims linking him to Ferrari over the F1 summer break.
The Finn was in the running to join the team in 2016, as a replacement for current driver Kimi Raikkonen, however the €10m early buyout of Bottas’ contract, which ends before the 2017 season, proved too costly for Ferrari.
Ferrari confirmed the contract renewal of Raikkonen for 2016 the Wednesday before the Belgian Grand Prix took place, meaning that he would partner current team-mate Sebastian Vettel for the following season. This ended talks of Bottas joining the team for 2016, leaving the Finn to concentrate on his current contract with Williams.
On his blog, Bottas talked of his summer break, and also of how he was ‘not bothered’ by the speculations.
“After Hungary it was nice to head into the summer break and I spent nearly three weeks back home in Finland, which was great,” Bottas reported. “There was no travelling involved, I was just there enjoying my time with my family and friends and my country’s lovely nature and then did a bit of training ten days before the start of the Belgian Grand Prix.
“Until the week before Spa there was a lot of speculation about my future, a good part of which was not true.
“It’s not fair to put those kind of rumours out there, for either Williams and myself or Kimi and Ferrari, so life became easier once we knew the speculation was over with Kimi staying where he is. I have to say the speculation didn’t affect me at all during the break because I wasn’t reading or listening to anything vaguely connected to F1, which was really good.”
Bottas has one year left on his current contract with Williams, and will remain one of the favourites to replace Raikkonen for the 2017 season.