Valtteri Bottas: Mercedes driver indicators one-year contract extension
Valtteri Bottas will keep at Mercedes as Lewis Hamilton’s team-mate in 2019.
Mercedes have signed the 28-year-old Finn to a one-year contract extension, with an choice to maintain him for 2020.
Bottas satisfied Mercedes to retain him after some robust performances within the first half of this 12 months.
Group boss Toto Wolff stated: “Valtteri’s performances have been wonderful. If not for our errors and his unhealthy luck, he could possibly be main the drivers’ championship.”
Bottas impressed along with his drives in China, Azerbaijan and Austria.
He was main in Shanghai earlier than a mid-race security automotive modified the complexion of the race and Crimson Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo was in a position to win after a change to recent tyres, which was not an choice for Bottas.
In Azerbaijan, Bottas was main with 4 laps to go when he suffered a high-speed puncture after operating over particles.
And on the Crimson Bull Ring, Bottas was operating an in depth second to Hamilton when his automotive suffered a hydraulic leak.
Information of Mercedes’ determination to maintain Bottas comes a day after the group confirmed that they had signed Hamilton for another two seasons.
Bottas’ group work and the shortage of rigidity between the 2 drivers have been key elements in Mercedes’ want to maintain him.
Wolff added: “Once we took the choice in favour of Valtteri for 2019, it wasn’t nearly his undoubted velocity and work ethic, but additionally a query of character.
“His relationship with the group, together with Lewis, is open and trusting, with none politics in any respect. These are the substances you want whenever you’re combating robust rivals in each championships and so they mirror the values contained in the group.”
Bottas, who joined Mercedes earlier than the 2017 season after the shock retirement of world champion Nico Rosberg, stated: “This 12 months, with a full winter of preparation, I’ve been in a position to make a very good step ahead – and I consider that there’s nonetheless extra to come back.
“We’ve got not been so fortunate within the races this 12 months however the group is aware of how I’m performing, and this can be a nice signal of confidence in me and my driving.
“We’ve got an enormous battle on our arms proper now, so it is good to have the longer term clear for everyone – it means we are able to have a full concentrate on the championship struggle.
“Clearly, my purpose is to maintain acting at a excessive degree – and to make it a no brainer for the group with regards to deciding their plans for 2020 as effectively.”