Bottas has a big year ahead of him

London: Valtteri Bottas could be fighting for his Formula One future this season but the Finn says he feels less pressure than last year when he joined champions Mercedes as Lewis Hamilton’s teammate.

The 28-year-old has no certainty beyond 2018, and rivals are already eyeing up one of the sport’s most coveted seats, but believes he can raise his game to the point of being a title contender.

“I think in Formula One — in any season, in any case — if you don’t perform then your seat is always in danger. That’s how it goes in this sport,” Bottas said.

“That’s a fact. But especially in a seat like this.

“For the last few years it’s been the best two seats in Formula One, so everyone wants to be there … The ball is in my hands and I need to make the most out of the year ahead, but I am confident I can.”

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