That is the claim of his Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton, after Finn Bottas won his second grand prix of the season in Austria.
“Of course he is,” Hamilton told the Finnish broadcaster C More.
“He is 15 points behind me, which is closer than I am to the (championship) lead.
“Valtteri is doing a fantastic job and it definitely will be a fight to the end,” he added.
However, Bottas came very close to potentially losing his Austrian victory, with both Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo accusing him of jumping the start.
F1 steward Mika Salo told Ilta Sanomat newspaper: “From the camera, it looked like a false start. But the limits for a false start were not exceeded.”
FIA spokesman Matteo Bonciani said the electric jump-start detection system allows some car movement after the fifth light goes on as the drivers manage the clutch.
Salo agreed: “You look at the data and, according to the data, there was no jump start.”