“He’s got nothing to lose and I think will come out of the blocks very quickly.”
“So this is a make or break season for Valtteri. Being team-mates with Hamilton is probably right up there with the hardest job in Formula 1, also being team-mates with Verstappen. They’re brilliant jobs because you get to drive the best two cars on the grid, but it’s also the hardest job because your reference is so, so high.”
Brundle added: “If he’s got another gear, and everyone talks about Valtteri 2.0 and that sort of thing – if he’s got anything left in his toolbox he’s got to deliver it this year.
“Because possibly Verstappen might be on the marketplace, who knows.”
Bottas heads into his fifth season with Mercedes, in the same machinery as Hamilton, but with the added pressure of his one-year contract looming in the background, and his track record against the Brit.