Next season will mark Valtteri Bottas’ fifth crusade with the Silver Arrows.© Twitter@ValtteriBottas
Valtteri Bottas has signed a new take care of Mercedes, keeping him at the Formula One team until the end of the 2021 season. The Finnish driver heads into this weekend’s 70th Anniversary Grand Prix at Silverstone 30 points adrift of team-mate Lewis Hamilton on the earth championship. Next season will mark Bottas’ fifth crusade with the Silver Arrows.
Hamilton’s future beyond this year is yet to be confirmed but it is expected the six-time world champion will also stay with Mercedes.
Bottas, who used to be runner-up to Hamilton final year, joined Mercedes in 2017 and has so far notched eight wins and 12 pole positions with the team.
The 30-year-old, who won the opening round of the season in Austria, said: “I’m more than pleased to stick with Mercedes in 2021 and build on the success we’ve enjoyed together already.”
“The past few years have been all approximately continual improvement, working on each and every aspect of my performance,” he added.
“I’m self-assured that today I’m the strongest I’ve ever been, but I will be able to at all times raise the bar…. Ever since I fell in love with F1 as a juvenile it’s been my dream to sooner or later change into world champion.”
Mercedes chief Toto Wolff said: “We’re seeing the strongest Valtteri we’ve ever seen this year — relating to his on-track performance, but also physically and mentally.
“I’m self-assured that we’ve got the strongest driver pairing in F1 today and signing Valtteri is crucial first step in retaining this strength for the future.”
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