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Bottas unhappy with contract pressure

11th August 2019, 12:10 by Gareth Freeman

Mercedes driver Valterri Bottas admits the uncertainty over his future is impacting on his performances.

There has been speculation the Silver Arrows could opt to replace Bottas with Esteban Ocon for the 2020 campaign, while team boss Toto Wolff has refused to offer any assurances whenever quizzed on the 29-year-old's future.

Bottas came in eighth in the Hungarian GP before the summer break after first-lap clashes with team-mate Lewis Hamilton and Ferrari's Charles Leclerc, with his two wins so far this term coming in the first four races.

"When, contract-wise, you are on the limit it never helps," he said, as reported by Crash.net.

"Some people might think that some drivers perform better under pressure when things are on the limit but for me it does not help.

"I can't say going into Turn 1 [before his touch with Hamilton in Hungary] I was thinking about it. But I was very hungry for the win even if there was contract talks or not, I wanted to win this race and I wanted to take the risk but it didn't go as planned.

"It could have been a lot different, we are talking about centimetres here and there."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Gareth Freeman is an experienced journalist who can offer in-depth knowledge on a host of sports, especially football, tennis, snooker and basketball.

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