Valtteri Bottas has admitted that he is flattered by reports linking him with a move to Scuderia Ferrari in the future, but remains adamant that it is too early to make any decision about his future in Formula 1.
Bottas was one of the breakout stars of the 2014 season, finishing fourth in the championship as he spearheaded Williams’ revival and charge to P3 in the constructors’ standings.
His performances did not go unnoticed, with reports arising ahead of the Spanish Grand Prix that said he had signed a pre-contract agreement to join Ferrari as Kimi Raikkonen’s replacement.
Although Bottas and his management denied this, Mercedes team boss and former driver manager Toto Wolff was full of praise the Finn, saying that it was no surprise that bigger teams would be interested in Bottas.
“It’s always really nice to hear those kind of things, but it’s still too early to say anything about next year,” Bottas told NBCSN.
“I need to focus at this moment, that’s the best I can do for me and for the team. It’s just too early. I don’t know about the future. We’ll see.”
Bottas is without a firm contract for the 2016 season and admitted that he was flattered by interest from bigger teams. However, he was quick to stress the important role that Williams had played in his F1 career.
“I think it’s always really flattering to hear that some other top teams are interested, but also Williams is a great team,” Bottas said.
“I’m really lucky to be part of this because in the end, they gave me the opportunity to get to Formula 1, so you shouldn’t write that off.”
With Lewis Hamilton now securing his future with a new contract at Mercedes, possible moves for Bottas and Raikkonen are poised to become the talking points of the F1 driver market for the 2016 season.