Valtteri Bottas signs 1-year deal with Mercedes F1 team

Paola Ditto
Settembre 13, 2017

Bottas was the replacement for Nico Rosberg at the start of the season following the world champion's shock retirement from the sport at the end of 2016.

Valtteri Bottas will race for Mercedes again next year after being given a one-year contract on Wednesday, ending growing speculation about his future. With that in mind, his results have been probably even more impressive.

But Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff told Bottas he would be given a contract extension if he could challenge for the world title and sitting third with seven Grands Prix remaining, the Austrian has honoured his word. The cool-headed Finn also provides the team with much-needed stability following three years of bitter in-fighting between Hamilton and Rosberg. Wednesday's announcement means that both drivers will race for Mercedes in 2018. The Finnish driver has enjoyed a successful debut year with the team, claiming a maiden pole position in Bahrain and a maiden victory in Russian Federation, following up with a second of each in Austria. Team-mate Lewis Hamilton leads the standings.

"For our team, the bonus factors are the respect and sportsmanship that have grown between our two drivers", Wolff said.

Bottas added: "As a driver, I've been able to learn and grow massively, and we have already enjoyed some really good moments this season that I will never forget".

"Partnering Lewis has also been really good, and I'm enjoying the respect we have and the will to push this team forward together".

"The chemistry and dynamic between Valtteri and Lewis works and are what we need to take the fight to our competitors".

"However, there's always room for improvement and I still have not shown my full potential".

Formerly of Williams, Bottas is on course for his best ever finish in F1, having previously finished a career-best fourth in the 2014 season. "I will continue to work hard on and off the track, to further improve my driving, get even better results and show that putting their trust in me was the right decision".

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