Jacques Villeneuve says that Valtteri Bottas is not a lock to finish 2019 in Mercedes F1 seat
"No, I don't need his advice," Germany's formula1.de quotes Bottas as saying. "I need to find my own way both as a driver and a man."
European media outlet Speed Week quotes Bottas as saying that he will drive "as though I have nothing to lose" in 2019.
But Villeneuve, the 1997 F1 champion, thinks Bottas could actually lose his seat next season. Villeneuve said the season finale in Abu Dhabi recently was even "embarrassing" for the 29-year-old. There, Bottas finished fifth -- his fourth consecutive fifth-place finish to close out the season.
"I think there is a possibility that Bottas will be replaced by Esteban Ocon during the 2019 season," Villeneuve is quoted by Sky Italia.
Ocon, who drove for Force India in 2018, is planning a year of testing for Mercedes and quite possibly Williams and Force India, as well.