Mika Hakkinen has acknowledged rumours linking his protege Valtteri Bottas with McLaren.
The fellow Finn and double world champion has been a key to Bottas' formula one foray so far, culminating in the 24-year-old's debut at Williams last year after a season on the testing and Friday practice bench.
But it is in 2014 that Bottas, with a hat-trick of podiums in June and July and a regular top-three qualifier, has hit the kind of form that now has him linked with a bright F1 future.
"At the moment the two hot names in F1 are Bottas and Ricciardo," Hakkinen, who has been involved in Bottas' management, said in his latest interview with sponsor Hermes.
When Hakkinen retired, he...
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