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2015-05-08 08:36

NEXT FERRARI DRIVER? Williams' Valtteri Bottas denies having a deal with Ferrari. Image: AFP / Fred Dufour

LONDON, England - Williams' Valtteri Bottas has denied signing a pre-contract with Ferrari, saying he was amused by some of the speculation about his Formula 1 future.

He told reporters at the 2015 Spanish GP on Thursday (May 07): "I saw some and heard plenty of stories and it's sometimes quite funny to hear those because in the end you know what's the case and what's not.

"There's a lot of people making up stuff. The fact is that at the moment I am just focusing on this season and getting the maximum for us as a team. Then the rest I don't know yet."

REPLACING KIMI?

Finnish and Italian media reported rumours suggesting Bottas had an agreement with Ferrari for 2017 if not 2016 as driver Kimi Raikkonen is out of contract at the end of the 2015 season.

Asked whether he had signed any such pre-contract, Bottas said that was not the case.

Bottas, who will also be out of contract at the end of 2015, has become one of F1's hot properties after finishing fourth overall last season with six podium appearances.

He said: "There has been always many kind of rumours so I'm not really thinking about those. That's for my management to think about. At the moment I am not thinking about any move."

'BIG PLANS FOR THE FUTURE'

Mercedes motorsport head Toto Wolff, who is also a Williams minority shareholder, is part of the management team along with Didier Coton, who has worked with Lewis Hamilton and Bottas's mentor Mika Hakkinen.

Asked whether he was talking to Williams about an extension, Bottas said he was leaving everything to his management.

He said: "I am sure they have some kind of plan for my career, for years ahead. If they have something solid for sure they will speak with me but at the moment we haven't spoken about the future.

"We are not yet at that point. We want to win here at Williams, we have big plans for the future and the team has invested a lot in great people. We made a massive jump from 2013 to 2014.

"If we keep the development going I think we can again be strong at the end of the 2015 season."

Former champions Williams are currently third overall, the position it finished in 2014, after reversing a decade of decline.

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