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Wolff swerves talk on Bottas' Mercedes future

4th August 2019, 18:04 by Gareth Freeman

Team principal Toto Wolff remained guarded when asked about Valtteri Bottas' future with Mercedes after the Hungarian GP.

Bottas qualified in second for Sunday's race but early clashes with teammate Lewis Hamilton and Ferrari's Charles Leclerc forced him into the pits.

The Finn went to the back of the pack at the Hungaroring and could only fight his way up to eighth place.

Bottas concedes his race was a "mess" but Wolff says one race will not prove decisive in Mercedes' decision on whether or not to keep the same line-up for next season.

"I don't think we want to make it dependent from one bad day," Wolff told Sky Sports.

"We need to look at all of the data, consider lots of factors which speak for him and speak against him.

"I don't want a discussion about if he's staying or not, it's not right. He has had some great inputs with the team and we want to discuss it behind closed doors.

"What's the merit of having a young one in the team? With all the risk and reward. "What's the merit of having Valtteri in the team? With all the risk and reward."

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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