Bottas receives unwanted approval from Red Bull chief amid doubts about his future for Mercedes

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Suppressive Valtteri Bottas gets unwanted approval from Red Bull chief Christian Horner amid doubts about his Mercedes future

  • Valtteri Bottas has a one-year contract and is under pressure from George Russell
  • The 23-year-old Briton who excelled last year in the substitution of Lewis Hamilton
  • The Finn is 37 points behind Mercedes teammate Hamilton after three races

Valtteri Bottas has received a dreaded vote of confidence – from the boss of Mercedes’ rivals!

Bottas has a one-year contract and is under pressure from George Russell, the 23-year-old Brit who excelled last year when he came on for Lewis Hamilton.

As Sportsmail On Tuesday, some Mercedes engineers revealed confidence in the Finn, who is 37 points behind Hamilton after three races.

Mercedes is losing confidence in Valtteri Bottas, who may be replaced before the end of the season

Enter Red Bull team principal Christian Horner.

Asked if he thought Bottas could be dropped mid-season, Horner said: ‘Valtteri has done a great job in recent years. I would be surprised if they switched Valtteri and George. ‘

A struggling Bottas would suit Horner as he tries to deny Mercedes an eighth consecutive constructors’ title. Red Bull is 18 points behind in the standings.

The Finn is 37 points behind Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton after three races

The Finn is 37 points behind Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton after three races

Valtteri Bottas has a one-year contract and is under pressure from George Russell (above)

Valtteri Bottas has a one-year contract and is under pressure from George Russell (above)

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