Valtteri Bottas makes decision on F1 future if Mercedes axe him for George Russell

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Valtteri Bottas wants to stay in F1 even if he loses his seat to George Russell at Mercedes next season. The Finn is under pressure with many expecting Russell to partner Lewis Hamilton at the Silver Arrows.

Bottas is out of contract at the end of the year but insists he will look for something else in the sport before he chooses to find a new challenge.

The 31-year-old also refuses to rule out that he will stay at Mercedes next season.

Bottas did admit he could move to rally when his F1 career eventually comes to an end though.

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“First of all, I don’t like to think that way,” he said at Silverstone on if it was something he would consider.

“I always try to think positive and I know what I want, I want to stay with the team (Mercedes) – that’s the best chance for me to win races next year and fight for the title.

“If not, for some reason, I will look for other options in Formula 1 because I love Formula 1, I enjoy it, I still think I have quite a good few years in front of me.

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“And then? Never say never, I don’t know. Rally? I really enjoy it, it’s really good fun – every time I’ve been in a rally car I’ve been always smiling so it’s good fun – but to actually make a job out of it, it could be quite tricky; the guys are pretty competitive, they’ve done it all their life,” he concluded.

Bottas admits it would be a real challenge to move from Mercedes fighting for victories to a team lower on the grid.

“I’m being honest and yes, for sure, it would be a different kind of mindset, it would be a new kind of chapter in my career and your mental approach should be different,” he said.

“Most likely you wouldn’t be fighting for wins and the title, at least in the beginning, so it would be a new project and on the other hand that could also be interesting.

“But as I said before what my intentions are is keeping my seat, because I think we make a really strong team now at Mercedes as we are, so let’s see.”

F1 returns this weekend with the Hungarian Grand Prix before the traditional summer break.

Max Verstappen and Hamilton are fighting for the championship with the former currently eight points clear of the seven-time champion.

Both will be looking for a big win in Budapest after they collided at Silverstone last time out.

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