Mercedes driver Valterri Bottas' contract runs out at the German team at the end of the season and could be seriously under threat following George Russell's impressive display at the Sakhir GP last year when he was loaned to Mercedes from Williams following Hamilton's absence, which saw him lead the majority of the race until his team faltered badly in the pit stops towards the end of the GP.
This was perhaps a look into the future, as he comfortably lead Bottas. The Finn joined Mercedes from Williams back in 2016 after German driver Nico Rosberg decided to retire from the sport, having narrowly beaten teammate Hamilton to the title. Since then Bottas has been the dream second driver, often bowing down to team orders when asked to and consistently finishing high up the grid, taking points away from rival teams and drivers.
He will know that this could be his last chance to repeat the feat of Rosberg who was a lot more punchy and aggressive in his driving style when he beat Hamilton, so he may look to do the same and leave the German team in style. Bottas finished second in the Drivers Championship last year, winning races at Austria and Russia and will be looking for a career-best season in order to try and keep his seat at Mercedes.