Valtteri Bottas renews Mercedes F1 contract for another season
Bottas will be in Formula One next season with the Mercedes team, with his six-time F1 champion Lewis Hamilton.
The Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team declared Bottas’ agreement augmentation in an announcement Thursday that likewise indicated Hamilton’s agreement expansion is just around the corner. Mercedes has won the previous six titles and is unbeaten in F1 this season. Bottas won the season opener, and Hamilton caught triumphs in the previous three races. He enters Sunday’s race at Silverstone with an important lead on Bottas for the title.
The Mercedes Team Principal, Toto Wolff said in an exclusive,
“We are very excited that Valtteri will stay with the team for at least one more season. We’re seeing the strongest Valtteri we’ve ever seen this year – in terms of his on-track performance, but also physically and mentally. He is second in the championship, finished the last season in P2 and plays a very important part in our overall team performance.
“I’m confident that we have the strongest driver pairing in F1 today and signing Valtteri is an important first step in retaining this strength for the future. Valtteri is a hard-working, straightforward guy who has a good relationship with the entire team – including his team-mate, which is not a given when both drivers are fighting for the championship.
“I’m looking forward to seeing him continue to raise the bar together with us this year and in 2021.”
Hamilton stays in an agreement year and said in preseason testing that discussions had been postponed to concentrate on the season. Wolff’s remarks reaffirm, however, that Hamilton is relied upon to come back with Bottas one year from now. Hamilton marked his latest arrangement in June 2018, partially through the last period of his past agreement. Despite the fact that he had been connected to Ferrari, the Ferrari team has filled its 2021 team already, and is facing issues massively.