user icon

Rumours linking Bottas to McLaren 'quite natural' - Hakkinen

  • Published on 01 Aug 2014 11:26
  • comments 0
  • By: Rob Veenstra
Mika Hakkinen has acknowledged rumours linking his protege Valtteri Bottas with McLaren. The fellow Finn and double world champion has been a key to Bottas' formula one foray so far, culminating in the 24-year-old's debut at Williams last year after a season on the testing and Friday practice bench.

But it is in 2014 that Bottas, with a hat-trick of podiums in June and July and a regular top-three qualifier, has hit the kind of form that now has him linked with a bright F1 future. "At the moment the two hot names in F1 are Bottas and Ricciardo," Hakkinen, who has been involved in Bottas' management, said in his latest interview with sponsor Hermes.

When Hakkinen retired, he famously advised McLaren that if the British team wanted to continue to win, "get the Finn" -- referring to Kimi Raikkonen. Now, the 45-year-old has similar advice. Hakkinen admits that he has heard speculation linking McLaren, who are openly seeking the best possible drivers to spearhead the new works Honda foray, with Bottas.

"This is quite natural," he said. "The first thing is that Valtteri is still a young driver who has been in formula one only for a short time. But Valtteri is interesting not only because of his speed. He can also motivate others in the team and is able to create an atmosphere that is necessary for success," he added. "There is interest and that's good. What happens in the future remains to be seen."

Also impressed by Bottas this year is Hakkinen's old long-time McLaren teammate David Coulthard. "He (Bottas) has had three podiums and is outperforming a very able Felipe Massa," Coulthard, now a television commentator, told the Telegraph newspaper. "Valtteri seems a bit like Mika: totally unemotional, which helps in the heat of F1."

"Mika does not work with many people, so that says something in itself," Coulthard added. "He (Bottas) is clearly someone to watch for the future, but you only find out if people can deal with the pressure of a championship fight until it happens." (GMM)

Replies (0)

Login to reply

BE Grand Prix of Belgium

Local time 

BE Grand Prix of Belgium

Local time 

Related news

World Championship standings 2021

Show full world champion standings

Test calendar

Bahrain International Circuit - Winter testing

See full test schedule

Give your opinion!

Will Bottas challenge Hamilton for the world championship in 2020?

Driver profile

  • Team Mercedes
  • Points 1,473
  • Podiums 115
  • Grand Prix 243
  • Country FI
  • Date of b. Aug 28 1989 (32)
  • Place of b. Nastola, FI
  • Weight 70 kg
  • Length 1.73 m
Show full profile

Team profile

Show full profile

Formula 1 Calendar - 2021

Date
Grand Prix
Circuit
-
Bahrain
26 - Mar 28
Bahrain
16 - Apr 18
Italy
7 - May 9
Spain
20 - May 23
Monaco
4 - Jun 6
Azerbaijan
18 - Jun 20
France
25 - Jun 27
Austria
2 - Jul 4
Austria
16 - Jul 18
United Kingdom
30 - Aug 1
Hungary
27 - Aug 29
Belgium
3 - Sep 5
Netherlands
10 - Sep 12
Italy
24 - Sep 26
Russian
1 - Oct 3
Singapore
8 - Oct 10
Japan
22 - Oct 24
United States of America
29 - Oct 31
Mexico
5 - Nov 7
Brazil
19 - Nov 21
Australia
3 - Dec 5
Saudi Arabia
10 - Dec 12
United Arab Emirates
See full schedule

Formula 1 Calendar - 2021

Date
Grand Prix & Circuit
26 - Mar 28
16 - Apr 18
7 - May 9
20 - May 23
Monaco Monte Carlo
4 - Jun 6
Azerbaijan Baku City Circuit
18 - Jun 20
France Paul Ricard
25 - Jun 27
Austria Red Bull Ring
2 - Jul 4
Austria Red Bull Ring
16 - Jul 18
United Kingdom Silverstone
30 - Aug 1
Hungary Hungaroring
27 - Aug 29
3 - Sep 5
Netherlands Circuit Zandvoort
10 - Sep 12
Italy Monza
24 - Sep 26
Russian Sochi Autodrom
1 - Oct 3
8 - Oct 10
22 - Oct 24
United States of America Circuit of the Americas
29 - Oct 31
5 - Nov 7
Brazil Interlagos
19 - Nov 21
Australia Albert Park
3 - Dec 5
Saudi Arabia Jeddah Street Circuit
10 - Dec 12
United Arab Emirates Yas Marina Circuit
See full schedule
show sidebar