Bottas on future: 'One race won't influence anything'

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Bottas on future: 'One race won't influence anything'

Valtteri Bottas doesn't believe his responsibility in the opening lap chaos that marked last weekend's Hungarian Grand Prix will have a bearing on his future with Mercedes.

Bottas misjudged his braking at the first corner amid the tricky conditions that prevailed at the start of the race in Hungary. The Finn ploughed into the rear of the McLaren of Lando Norris which in turn hit Max Verstappen's Red Bull while Bottas careered into the Dutchman's teammate Sergio Perez.

It was another costly incident for the Milton Keynes-based outfit but also for Mercedes as Bottas' damaged car was out on the spot.

Bottas owned up to a mistake that compelled the stewards to sanction the Finn with a five-place grid drop at the Belgian Grand Prix, F1's the next round of racing after the summer break.

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"Obviously my mistake," said Bottas. "I was the one coming from behind and it's up to me to brake early enough but I misjudged the braking point.

"It shows it's not so easy in those conditions to predict, but I should have braked earlier, because when I started braking, I was closing in, then I locked the wheels and I hit Lando, and that caused the whole mess. So, my misjudgment and my mistake."

Bottas' blunder in Hungary has come as Mercedes is evaluating whether to keep its driver line-up unchanged for next season or to replace Bottas with George Russell, with a decision anticipated in the coming weeks.

Bottas said that after Sunday's events, Mercedes boss Toto Wolff made no reference to his future.

"We didn't speak about [my future]," said the Finn. "I don't think one race will influence anything. I don't think so. We'll see in the next weeks what happens.

"If I'm honest, it would be nice to race next weekend and try and get a good race.

"But I guess it's time for a break and try to come back strong and try and have a positive start to the second half."

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Verstappen: 'I'm absolutely sure I'm faster than Hamilton'

Max Verstappen is nothing if not confident, and the Red Bull driver has reminded everyone of that fact... The post Verstappen: 'I'm absolutely sure I'm faster than Hamilton' appeared first on F1i.com.

Verstappen: 'I'm absolutely sure I'm faster than Hamilton'

Max Verstappen is nothing if not confident, and the Red Bull driver has reminded everyone of that fact by claiming to being "absolutely sure" he's faster than arch-rival Lewis Hamilton.

Verstappen enjoyed a strong start to his summer period, winning three consecutive races - in France, Styria and Austria - to build himself a healthy 32-point lead over Hamilton ahead of the British Grand Prix, the Briton's home race.

The high-profile crash at Silverstone between the Dutchman and the Mercedes driver ended up massively benefitting the latter who went on to win race, amid the controversy.

But last weekend's eventful race in Hungary, where Verstappen was once again involved in an opening lap incident, although through no fault of his own, delivered another points advantage to the seven-time world champion who also reclaimed the lead in the Drivers' standings.

However, Verstappen is determined to fight back, armed with his outstanding talent but his ultra-confident mindset.

"I’m sure we can make it an exciting battle," the 23-year-old told De Telegraaf. "We still have a good chance of winning and should not suddenly give up.

"I see it this way: I can still go faster than anyone in a car. There is also something in it. I am absolutely sure that I am faster than Lewis.

"For me it works very well to think like that. If I didn’t think so, I’d be better off staying at home."

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Verstappen's performance in the first part of the 2021 season was helped in part by the edge enjoyed by Red Bull's Honda-powered RB16B over Mercedes' W12.

However, a final update package implemented on its car at Silverstone has delivered an overall improvement to the Brackley squad's car.

Verstappen insists his team now needs to dig in and work to extract more from its car.

"I think the cars were certainly equal earlier this year," he said. "Now Mercedes is back on track and we have to ensure that we straighten it at least. Then I can make the difference.

"It is now up to us to keep working to find just that one or two tenths that they have taken back during this season.

"Look, Mercedes was so dominant in the years before, so in that regard we are in much better shape this season.

"Of course, it also helped a bit that the rules were changed slightly for this year. But we will have to see what we can still get out of the car."

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