Bottas dismisses Ferrari pre-contract speculation

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MONTMELO – Valtteri Bottas has denied signing a pre-contract with Ferrari for 2017 following speculation linking the Finn with a possible move away from Williams in recent weeks.

Bottas was one of the breakout drivers of the 2014 season, finishing fourth in the championship and leading Williams to its best season in ten years.

His success has led to speculation about a possible move to Ferrari in the future upon the expiration of Kimi Raikkonen’s contract, leading to rumors in the past three weeks that he had signed a pre-contract with the team for the 2017 season.

However, the Finn was quick to dismiss this when speaking ahead of this weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix, but was humored by the reports.

“I’ve heard plenty of stories and it is sometimes quite funny sometimes to hear those, because in the end you know what the case is and what is not,” Bottas said.

“There are a lot of people making up stuff and at the moment I am focusing on getting the maximum for as as a team. The rest, I don’t know yet.”

When asked directly if he had signed a pre-contract, Bottas’ answer was simple: “No.

“I am not really thinking about those [rumors]. It is for my management to think [about] and like I said, I am personally just focusing on this moment and this season as I think this is the best thing for me to do for the future as well.”

Bottas’ contract with Williams is set to expire at the end of the 2015 season, but the Finn confirmed that he has not started talks with the team about a possible extension yet.

“At the moment we have not spoken about the future yet,” Bottas said. “Of course we want to win here at Williams, we have big plans in the future and the team has invested a lot.

“We have made massive jump from 2013 to 2014 and maybe this season has been a little bit difficult start, but if we can keep the development going we can be stronger at the end of the season.”