Valtteri Bottas happy if Hamilton stays at Mercedes

Published on 12 Feb 2018 10:33

Valtteri Bottas says he intends to argue for a 2019 contract at Mercedes by winning races this year. The Finn has been signed up by Mercedes only for one more season, as potential replacements including Daniel Ricciardo and Esteban Ocon express interest.

But Bottas told Finnish media he intends to step up in 2018. "I did not realise a year ago how much there would be to learn," he is quoted by MTV. The 28-year-old said he had a good winter break but he is now back at work.

"I have been in the factory a couple of times and worked on the simulator," Bottas revealed. "The team has done well. It always depends on what the other teams have done as well, but we believe that our car is better than last year. There is one goal for the season: to fight for the championship. I know all the people now and how it all works," he said.

He also told Ilta Sanomat newspaper: "Perhaps one of the biggest changes is my driving position. Last year I fought all season with it but now I could achieve a decent driving position."

As for the future, Bottas wants a new deal and Mercedes is negotiating with Lewis Hamilton about a contract beyond 2018. "For me it's good for Lewis to continue. I clicked well with him and he's a quick driver and a challenge," he said. And for himself, Bottas explained: "The best contract argument is to win as many races as possible." (GMM)

Replies (3)
GB Major Tom 12 Feb 2018 12:060
Posts: 143
I think he will have to do quite a bit better to stay on. So much better in fact that I can't see it happening.
US ajpennypacker 12 Feb 2018 14:36+1
Posts: 1508
He will continue to 'click' well with Valteri so long as he continues to be a clear #2 driver.
SE calle.itw 12 Feb 2018 16:210
Posts: 5895
A sad but true statement. I wonder what'd happen if Bottas were to step it up a notch or two.

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