Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas insists he is not getting carried away with suggestions he could challenge for the world title following last weekend’s victory at the Austrian Grand Prix.
The 27-year-old has fully settled into life with Mercedes after joining them during the off-season as Nico Rosberg’s replacement.
Bottas, who is priced at 17.00 to win the Drivers’ Championship, demonstrated his ability last weekend as he took maximum points at the Red Bull Ring after starting on pole position and holding the lead throughout the race.
The Finn added the victory to his only other chequered flag in Russia earlier this season, while he also boasts a further four podium finishes.
The former Williams man currently sits third in the Drivers’ Championship, 35 point shy of Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel in first, and some believe he could challenge for the title.
Bottas insists there is still a long way to go in the Championship but is refusing to allow his recent form to go to his head.
“I don’t want to shout about it too much,” he said. “It’s still early days in the championship, and more than 50 percent to go, so a massive amount of points to get.
“With this team I’m developing so much every single race, and I feel like I’m getting better every time, even though we’ve had some unlucky ones as well.
“But so will the other guys as well. It’s still a long year ahead, and for sure we’ll be in the championship fight.”