Valtteri Bottas has been a frequent visitor to the podium this year
Mika Hakkinen has acknowledged reports linking his protege Valtteri Bottas with McLaren in the wake of the young Finn's impressive performances in recent races.
Hakkinen, a double world champion with McLaren, has been a key to Bottas' Formula 1 career so far, culminating in the 24-year-old's debut at Williams last year after a season of 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 Formula 1 future.
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