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Bottas faced with threat of grid drop for Abu Dhabi

The Mercedes Formula 1 team doesn’t yet know if Valtteri Bottas will need to take a grid penalty in Abu Dhabi after his retirement from the Brazilian GP with an engine issue.

Masi had no choice over safety car for "stuck" Mercedes

Formula 1 race director Michael Masi says the safety car deployed when Valtteri Bottas retired his Mercedes in Brazil was a standard reaction to the use of a recovery crane.

Mercedes hurt by altitude weakness more than expected

Mercedes’ performance at the Brazilian Grand Prix is being affected by the high-altitude conditions more than the Formula 1 team expected, says Valtteri Bottas.

Bottas has secret "plan" to beat Hamilton in 2020

Valtteri Bottas says he has a secret "plan" on how to beat Lewis Hamilton in Formula 1 next year, but he insists he is not going to try to play any mind games with his teammate.

Wolff vows to handle Bottas contracts "better" in future

Mercedes Formula 1 boss Toto Wolff says he can handle Valtteri Bottas’s contractual situation “better” in the future, after the Finn called his career-long uncertainty “a pain in the ass”.

FIA to review placement of barrier that irked Bottas

FIA Formula 1 race director Michael Masi says he will review the placement of the Tecpro barrier at the final corner in Mexico City after Valtteri Bottas’s huge accident in qualifying.

Hamilton: Drivers forced to "leave extra space" for Verstappen

Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton and Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel race differently against Red Bull driver Max Verstappen in Formula 1, with Hamilton saying that crashes are likely if you don’t “leave extra space” for the Dutchman.

Bottas had knee pain after hitting "nasty" barrier

Mercedes Formula 1 driver Valtteri Bottas says he initially felt pain in his right knee following his “nasty” second impact in his Mexican Grand Prix qualifying crash.

Mercedes further off the pace than expected - Bottas

Mercedes Formula 1 driver Valtteri Bottas says the gap to rival teams Ferrari and Red Bull in Friday practice at the Mexican Grand Prix was "bigger than we expected.''

Bottas can only "blame" himself for gap to Hamilton

Valtteri Bottas says he can "blame" himself for being so many points behind Lewis Hamilton and knows he needs to be "very lucky" to fight for the Formula 1 title.

Hamilton: Bottas had "massive" 0.5s tow on fastest lap

Formula 1 championship leader Lewis Hamilton anticipates an "interesting dynamic" in Suzuka qualifying after teammate Valtteri Bottas benefitted from a "massive" tow of around 0.5 seconds in practice.

Bottas expects "decent step" from Mercedes upgrades

Valtteri Bottas believes the upgrade the Mercedes Formula 1 team has bought to Suzuka should represent a "decent step" as it seeks to catch Ferrari in the Japanese Grand Prix.

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Debate: Why has Mercedes gone off the boil in F1?

Mercedes won the first eight grands prix of the 2019 Formula 1 season, but has only triumphed in three of the subsequent eight races.

Mercedes praises Bottas's "dog fighting" with Leclerc

Mercedes Formula 1 motorsports strategy director James Vowles has praised Valtteri Bottas for the "dog fighting" skills that allowed him to hold off Charles Leclerc in the Russian GP.

Bottas: Ferrari VSC was "miracle" Mercedes hoped for

Mercedes Formula 1 driver Valtteri Bottas says it took a miracle to beat Ferrari and secure a one-two finish in Russia, but stresses that his team had to do everything right in order to benefit.

Mercedes: Rivals "too quick" after "serious" Friday gains

Mercedes Formula 1 drivers Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton have acknowledged their rivals at Ferrari and Red Bull appear "too quick" at the Sochi Autodrom after making "serious" gains over Friday practice.

Bottas team order "not great" but necessary - Wolff

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff admitted the team did not feel good in having to make the call for Valtteri Bottas to back off and avoid overtaking Lewis Hamilton with an undercut during their pitstops in the Singapore Grand Prix.

Bottas says unplanned Hamilton move hurt him in Q3

Valtteri Bottas had blamed an unplanned passing move by Mercedes Formula 1 teammate Lewis Hamilton for spoiling his lap in qualifying for the Singapore Grand Prix.

Bottas feels car wasn't "100 percent" after rebuild

Valtteri Bottas believes his Mercedes Formula 1 car wasn't "100 percent" in the second Friday practice session in Singapore, having required a rebuild after an FP1 crash.

Bottas using Hamilton videos to improve battles

Valtteri Bottas has included watching videos of how teammate Lewis Hamilton has attacked rivals in the past as part of an effort to lift his own game when it comes to in-race battles.

Bottas "far away" from level he wants to be at

Valtteri Bottas says he is still “far away” from the level of Formula 1 driver he believes he can be and wants to be “much better” than he is now.

Leclerc a "very tough" driver for his age - Bottas

Mercedes Formula 1 driver Valtteri Bottas says Charles Leclerc is a "very tough" racer given his age and complimented the 21-year-old's approach to his first year with Ferrari.

Car wake hurts Bottas more, says Wolff

Valtteri Bottas's failure to heap more pressure on Charles Leclerc has highlighted a weakness he has in getting the most out of his car when closely following a rival, says Mercedes boss Toto Wolff.

Rules quirk allowed Bottas to keep Q3 time despite red flag

A quirk in Formula 1's rules allowed Valtteri Bottas's laptime in Italian Grand Prix qualifying to count despite him crossing the finish line after a red light emerged.