Bottas signed a one-year deal to replace the suddenly retired Nico Rosberg this year and has been pushing for a long-term commitment by the German team. And his performance seems to call for such a deal. Bottas has two wins and seven podiums in 10 starts this season. He was impressive at Silverstone, finishing second after starting ninth -- thanks to a five-place grid penalty for gearbox change.
The good news for Bottas is that Mercedes seems to want to keep him.>
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"I'm really satisfied with Valtteri," boss Toto Wolff told the Finnish broadcaster C More at Silverstone.
Asked about Bottas and Mercedes for 2018, Wolff added: "I think looking at his performance, it really is a no-brainer. But it's not just about next year but also the years after. We have to put all the puzzle pieces together. After the race in Budapest (July 30), I will think about it some more on the beach."
Wolff's reference to the years after 2018 is an indication that Mercedes could make a move for Sebastian Vettel, Daniel Ricciardo, Fernando Alonso or another top driver for 2019 and beyond.
As for Bottas in 2018, Wolff said: "I think yes, we are 90 percent ready."Trending Hairstyles
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