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Valtteri Bottas will remain with Mercedes

Wednesday, September 13th, 2017 | Sports

13 in 2018. September 2017 – 13:13

Valtteri Bottas hopes another season at Mercedes in 2018

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(cafetheology.org) – The Mercedes team has extended the contract with Valtteri Bottas by one year, until the end of the Formula 1 season 2017. "I am honored and proud to continue my work with Mercedes 2018 and remain a part of the Mercedes family," explains the 28-year-old Finn at the announcement. "When the team committed me to the 2017 season," he says "They gave me a confidence boost by focusing on my abilities. This new contract for 2018 shows that I have earned this trust." Meanwhile, there had been rumors in the "Silly Season", Bottas could be replaced by a large caliber like Sebastian Vettel or Fernando Alonso. But the longer the season lasted, the more he cemented his high standing in the team leadership.Bottas came to Mercedes in the beginning of 2017 as a successor of Nico Rosberg and went so far at 13 races for the Silberpfeile to the start. He collected 197 points, which is currently third in the World Championship. Also on the list: his first two Grand Prix victories (Russia, Austria) as well as his first two pole positions in Formula 1 (Bahrain, Austria). "I am happy that I was able to celebrate my first two victories in a silver pillar," he says. "But there is still room for improvement and I have not developed my full potential yet I will continue to work hard on and off the track to improve my driving skills, to get even better results and to show that it is the right one The decision was to trust me. "Sportchef Toto Wolff is also happy about the decision:" We faced a great challenge for Valtteri this year. He came to the team shortly before the goal, took the lead in Formula One and got the best "" There were ups and downs – more heights than depths – and some great highlights like his first two victories in Russia and Austria. "All in all, it's ours Performance and its rising shape curve is truly easy to continue to work with him in 2018, "said Austria "The respect and sports spirit that has developed between our two riders is an added bonus for our team. The chemistry and the dynamics between Valtteri and Lewis are right and that is exactly what we need to stand up against our competitors. "

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