Mika Hakkinen is certain that the future of Valteri Bottas is in “good hands” despite the young Finn experiencing a tough début season with Williams.
Bottas is still yet to score points in Formula One, but impressed many in the paddock with his third place in qualifying for the Canadian Grand Prix earlier in the year and his attitude in dealing with Williams’ troublesome FW35.
Hakkinen, who is a key member of the 23-year-olds management system, dismissed rumours that the Finn’s future in the sport could be under threat, following reports that Williams have forged a link with Russian GP2 team Russian Time.
“We are working hard to achieve the best possible situation for Valtteri in many respects. I think his performance this season has been amazing,” the 1998 and 1999 world champion told Russia’s Championat. “He is in good hands.”
Bottas himself said that while the troubles that Williams have encountered with the FW35 have limited his chances to show his true performance level, he is pleased with what he has achieved so far this season.
“I think for sure it’s not helping.”
“If you would be consistently fighting in the top ten, everyone would see maybe a bit more of what you can do. I think the first half of the season hasn’t been too bad for me.”
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