Valtteri Bottas has said that he is not concerned about being unseated at Mercedes by George Russell this season after reports that the young Williams driver was being lined up as a replacement.
Russell looked comfortable in the car when he replaced Sir Lewis Hamilton at the Bahrain Grand Prix last year, and the two drivers had a crash at Imola which took them both out of the race.
Bottas has faced criticism that his performances at Mercedes are not up to scratch this season, but speaking to RacingNews365.com and other select media ahead of the Spanish Grand Prix, he said rumours of him being replaced weren't distracting from the job.
"No because I know that I'm not going to be replaced in the middle of the season," he said.
"As a team, we don't do that. I have a contract for this year and there is only one team that does those sort of things in F1 and we are not that."
"There is no pressure from our side, I know how things are there is always b*****t around but that's part of the sport."