Bottas: Still no talks about 2020

Date published: June 9 2019

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With at least two drivers waiting in the wings for his Mercedes seat, Valtteri Bottas has revealed he has yet to enter talks with Mercedes about 2020.

Last year when Bottas re-signed with the team, he put pen to paper on a one-year deal with an option for next season.

That option has yet to be taken up, in fact Toto Wolff hasn’t even begun speaking to him about 2020.

“There’s still nothing to talk about with the team or anyone else,” GPFans reports Bottas as having told C More.

“We are at the same stage as we were when the season started. There is no word mentioned about next year.

“It’s the situation right now.”

Bottas 2.0 with his new beard and porridge for breakfast has claimed two race wins already this season but trails team-mate Lewis Hamilton by 17 points in the standings as the Brit has four wins on the board.

Asked about Bottas’ future with the team, Mercedes motorsport boss Wolff replied: “There’s no news on that.

“Valtteri has been driving very well and it has been quite unbelievable to see how he has improved his performances since last year.

“It’s important now that he keeps his current level so that we can start discussing the future.”

Mercedes reserve driver Esteban Ocon is waiting in the wings for a 2020 F1 drive while George Russell, currently racing with Williams, also remains a part of the Mercedes set-up.

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