Valtteri Bottas Signs New Mercedes F1 Deal As Team Keep Options Open For 2019

Valtteri Bottas will partner Lewis Hamilton for another year at Mercedes under a new contract that allows the Formula One team to keep their options open for 2019.

The one-year deal announced Wednesday was expected after two victories this season by Bottas and a harmonious partnership with three-time champion Hamilton.

Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton, left, on the podium with Valtteri Bottas.
Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton, left, on the podium with Valtteri Bottas. Photo: AP

The 28-year-old Finnish driver had joined Mercedes on a one-year contract in January as a replacement for retired world champion Nico Rosberg, whose relationship with Hamilton had soured amid fierce rivalry.

After 13 races with the team, Bottas is third in the drivers' standings behind Hamilton and Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel.

He has enjoyed victories in Russia and Austria, his first wins in F1, with nine podium places and two pole positions, after previously racing in F1 for four years with Williams.

"Overall, the balance of his performances and his upward trajectory made it a no-brainer for us to continue with him into 2018," Mercedes motor sport chief Toto Wolff said on the team's website:

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