Bottas unaffected by Ferrari speculation over summer break

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Valtteri Bottas claims that he was not affected by the rife speculation linking him with a move to Ferrari over Formula 1’s summer break.

Bottas had been tipped to join the team for 2016 as a replacement for Kimi Raikkonen, whose future remained unclear until the week before the Belgian Grand Prix.

Ferrari confirmed on the Wednesday before the race that it had exercised its option on Raikkonen for 2016, meaning that he would partner Sebastian Vettel once again.

The announcement put all talk of Bottas moving to Ferrari to bed, leaving the Finn to concentrate on his current commitments with Williams.

Writing in his blog following the Belgian Grand Prix, Bottas talked about his summer break and how he was not bothered by the speculation as he did not keep a track of talk about his future.

“After Hungary it was nice to head into the summer break and I spent nearly three weeks back home in Finland, which was great,” Bottas said.

“There was no travelling involved, I was just there enjoying my time with my family and friends and my country’s lovely nature and then did a bit of training ten days before the start of the Belgian Grand Prix.

“Until the week before Spa there was a lot of speculation about my future, a good part of which was not true.

“It’s not fair to put those kind of rumours out there, for either Williams and myself or Kimi and Ferrari, so life became easier once we knew the speculation was over with Kimi staying where he is.

“I have to say the speculation didn’t affect me at all during the break because I wasn’t reading or listening to anything vaguely connected to F1, which was really good.

“Then I saw the news on Wednesday and that was that – end of story.”

Bottas has one year remaining on his contract with Williams, and although talk of a move to Ferrari may have died down for the time being, he will undoubtedly be one of the favorites once again to replace Raikkonen for the 2017 season.