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Bottas confident ahead of 2021 'silly season'

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Valtteri Bottas is not expecting to be weighed down by this year's contractual uncertainty.
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Valtteri Bottas is not expecting to be weighed down by this year's contractual uncertainty.

Late last year, after securing another one-year deal for 2020 only, the Finn admitted he had been affected by constant rumours hinting at his Mercedes exit.

"When that continues year after year, every single year of your career, at some point it's a pain in the ass," said Bottas.

Boss Toto Wolff responded to Bottas' struggle by vowing to do "a better job" of the next round of contract talks about the 2021 season.

With that in mind, Bottas now says he is feeling less worried about his immediate future and the impending talks.

"Yes, I think that's a good situation," he told the Finnish broadcaster MTV Sport, who told Bottas that the Mercedes talks look set to be less unilateral.

"I have a contract for this year and after that the team and I have nothing whatsoever at the moment. Let's go from scratch," Bottas, 31, added.

The 2021 'silly season' has in fact already begun, with Charles Leclerc and Max Verstappen signing up with their respective teams through 2024 and 2023 respectively.

But Bottas thinks there is a lot more to come.

"There will definitely be a lot of speculation in the driver market early in the summer," he said.

"Obviously everyone wants to have something for next year, or more, just as they did. That's what it comes down to but there's no pressure.

"I'm just going to look for my own goals and do the job and do it for myself," Bottas added.

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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool21201050143661
2Manchester CityMan City22152562253747
3Leicester CityLeicester22143547212645
4Chelsea22123739291039
5Manchester UnitedMan Utd2297636251134
6Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd228862421332
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves2271053128331
8Tottenham HotspurSpurs228683631530
9Crystal Palace227872024-429
10Arsenal2261062931-228
11Everton2284102532-728
12Southampton2284102739-1228
13Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2275102134-1326
14Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2266102530-524
15Burnley2273122437-1324
16West Ham UnitedWest Ham2164112533-822
17Watford2257102034-1422
18Aston Villa2263132843-1521
19Bournemouth2255122035-1520
20Norwich CityNorwich2235142245-2314
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