Defeat to Russell wouldn’t look good says Bottas

Valtteri Bottas has acknowledged the pressure on him in Bahrain, admitting it is “an important weekend” for his status and future in Formula 1. Some in the media are setting up the weekend as a chance for Russell to prove that he should replace Bottas for 2022 – or even sooner. “If he isn’t ahead this weekend then I can imagine Russell next to Hamilton next year,” he added. “I know Bottas has a contract, but I also know Formula 1. “I have a contract for next year so I don’t feel any extra pressure,” Bottas insisted. “Looking at the big picture, this is an important weekend when you know how this sport works.

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