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Bottas "far away" from level he wants to be at

Valtteri Bottas says he is still “far away” from the level of Formula 1 driver he believes he can be and wants to be “much better” than he is now.

Leclerc a "very tough" driver for his age - Bottas

Mercedes Formula 1 driver Valtteri Bottas says Charles Leclerc is a "very tough" racer given his age and complimented the 21-year-old's approach to his first year with Ferrari.

Car wake hurts Bottas more, says Wolff

Valtteri Bottas's failure to heap more pressure on Charles Leclerc has highlighted a weakness he has in getting the most out of his car when closely following a rival, says Mercedes boss Toto Wolff.

Rules quirk allowed Bottas to keep Q3 time despite red flag

A quirk in Formula 1's rules allowed Valtteri Bottas's laptime in Italian Grand Prix qualifying to count despite him crossing the finish line after a red light emerged.

Italian GP: Vettel leads Verstappen in ultra-close FP3

Sebastian Vettel edged Max Verstappen by just 0.032s to set the fastest time in the final Formula 1 practice session ahead of qualifying for the Italian Grand Prix.

Hamilton: Small Monza gap to Ferrari "surprising"

Formula 1 championship leader Lewis Hamilton says it was "surprising" to see Mercedes run Ferrari close during Friday practice at the Italian Grand Prix.

Raikkonen glad FIA "woke up" regarding warning flag

Kimi Raikkonen supports the use of the black and white warning flag in Formula 1, and says he is pleased that the FIA has “woken up” to its existence.

Belgian GP: Leclerc quickest in FP3 as Hamilton crashes

Charles Leclerc continued Ferrari’s perfect start to the Belgian Grand Prix weekend as Formula 1 world championship leader Lewis Hamilton crashed heavily in final practice.

The lingering weaknesses Bottas must now end Prime

The lingering weaknesses Bottas must now end

Valtteri Bottas's fight to remain at Mercedes starts again for 2021 after signing a deal to remain with the team next year. But with Ferrari and Red Bull looming as a threat, he must remove his lingering weaknesses

Why Mercedes chose Bottas over Ocon for 2020
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Why Mercedes chose Bottas over Ocon for 2020

The Formula 1 news cycle has burst back into life ahead of the Belgian Grand Prix, with Mercedes announcing Valtteri Bottas will stay with the team for 2020.

Mercedes chooses Bottas over Ocon for 2020
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Mercedes chooses Bottas over Ocon for 2020

Valtteri Bottas will remain at the Mercedes Formula 1 team in 2020, with Esteban Ocon tipped to rejoin the grid with Renault or Haas instead.

Why every F1 team should want to be Bottas' Plan B Prime

Why every F1 team should want to be Bottas' Plan B

Valtteri Bottas is still waiting to hear on his Mercedes future, but losing a seat at the best Formula 1 team on the grid might not be a career-ending disaster. He would be an incredibly valuable asset for any other team

Bottas thinking of "Plan B" in case of Mercedes exit

Valtteri Bottas admits that he has already been exploring other options should he not be retained by the Mercedes Formula 1 team in 2020.

Should Mercedes choose Ocon or Bottas? Prime

Should Mercedes choose Ocon or Bottas?

Toto Wolff says he is "wrestling with himself" over the conundrum of either retaining Valtteri Bottas or handing a chance to Esteban Ocon. Our Grand Prix Editor breaks down their key skills and draws a conclusion on the right choice for the seat

Bottas says he may rethink approach to battling Hamilton

Valtteri Bottas says he might “think differently” next time he’s battling with his Mercedes Formula 1 teammate Lewis Hamilton after losing out on the first lap in Hungary.

Masi: Onboard shots a "distorted" view of Leclerc/Bottas clash

Formula 1 race director Michael Masi says onboard footage of Valtteri Bottas and Charles Leclerc’s first lap clash in the Hungarian Grand Prix offered a "distorted" view of who was to blame.

Bottas irked by "completely unnecessary" Leclerc move

Valtteri Bottas says that the first-lap move by Charles Leclerc that damaged the front wing of his Mercedes Formula 1 car in Hungary was “completely unnecessary.”

Bottas: "One mistake" won't decide my Mercedes future

Valtteri Bottas insists that the mistake he made during the German Grand Prix will not prove decisive for his future at the Mercedes Formula 1 team.

The major Mercedes upgrade masked by its German GP "Armageddon"
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The major Mercedes upgrade masked by its German GP "Armageddon"

Mercedes endured a torrid Formula 1 weekend at Hockenheim, scoring just two points in the rain-affected German Grand Prix while celebrating 125 years in motorsport.

Promoted: How Bottas prepares to fight back
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Promoted: How Bottas prepares to fight back

Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport driver Valtteri Bottas tells Stuart Codling about his plans for the summer break.

Bottas held back by "surprising" brake inconsistency

Valtteri Bottas says a “surprising” brake issue hampered him in German Grand Prix qualifying, where he finished third behind Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen.

Mercedes would've struggled "massively" without cooling update

Valtteri Bottas reckons Mercedes would have struggled "massively" to even run in the heat of Friday at the German Grand Prix if it had not introduced an update to improve its cooling.

Mercedes sets August deadline for Bottas 2020 decision

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says a decision on whether or not the team will retain Valtteri Bottas for 2020 will be taken during August.

“Big weakness” leaves Mercedes duo hoping German heatwave breaks

Mercedes Formula 1 drivers Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas are both hoping for a wet German Grand Prix this weekend, given the cooling issues that the team suffered in Austria last month.