Williams third driver Valtteri Bottas unlikely to make racing return in Macau Grand Prix

Williams Formula 1 test driver Valtteri Bottas is set to turn down an offer to return to the Macau Grand Prix this year

Williams third driver Valtteri Bottas unlikely to make racing return in Macau Grand Prix

The Finn, who has not raced this year so he can focus on his free practice driving duties in Formula 1, has been contacted by British Formula 3 team Double R Racing about competing in the prestigious Far Eastern event in November.

Bottas , but he told AUTOSPORT that he is unlikely to accept the offer to go back.

"Double R asked me and I haven't answered yet," said the 2011 GP3 champion. "But I think it's unlikely. I've already been three times and it wasn't third time lucky.

"It's a big race for Formula 3. Everyone knows it and it's such a cool track, and I haven't won the race. But I think it's definitely more than 50 per cent likely that I am not going."

Bottas explained that the difficulty in taking on Formula 3 regulars as a category outsider also played a part in his thinking.

"Last year, already it was a bit difficult after doing GP3 and then jumping into an F3 car," he added.

"This year there would be those guys who have done many years of F3 and are very comfortable with the car. It would be very difficult to do."

The 23-year-old said that the priority for him and his management, which includes double world champion Mika Hakkinen, .

"We are pushing for a Formula 1 seat," he said. "I want to push for that as much as possible, and if we see that it's not possible then we need to look at other options.

"Two years without racing anything [would be] too long for me. I need to race something, but we will look at the options."

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