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Hot on the tails of Lewis Hamilton’s new contract, Mercedes have announced that Valtteri Bottas has signed a “multi-year” deal to remain at Brackley.
Despite being winless through the first half of the 2018 season, Valtteri Bottas believes that his performances are living up to the high standards that Mercedes are setting.
Valtteri Bottas says he was on the same page as Mercedes when it came to the decision to leave him out on the track while those around him pitted behind the Safety Car at Silverstone.
Valtteri Bottas admitted that not coming in under the Safety Car may have been a mistake as he slipped from P1 to P4 during the British Grand Prix.
Valtteri Bottas is running his third and final penalty-free engine at Silverstone this weekend after Mercedes opted for a “precautionary” engine change.
Mercedes technical boss James Allison is hopeful neither Lewis Hamilton or Valtteri Bottas will be hindered by engine penalties at the British Grand Prix.
Mercedes are still checking for “unknown gremlins” that may have led to Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas’ double DNF in Austria, hoping that it won’t lead to engine penalties down the line.
It is only a matter of time before Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas commit to Mercedes for next year’s championship, says Niki Lauda.
Retirements aside, Toto Wolff acknowledges Mercedes lost the Austrian GP when they failed to react to a Virtual Safety Car and pit Lewis Hamilton.
Losing hydraulic pressure and second place in Austria, Valtteri Bottas said it happened “suddenly” without any warning.
Mercedes insists they won’t play favourites in Sunday’s Austrian Grand Prix with Valtteri Bottas given a fair shot at fighting for the race win.
Valtteri Bottas has stated that nobody is more “hungry” for a race victory after landing his first pole position of the 2018 season.
Valtteri Bottas took pole from Lewis Hamilton by less than 0.02s, while Sebastian Vettel qualified P3, but starts P6 after a penalty for blocking Carlos Sainz in Q2.
Lewis Hamilton has told his Mercedes engineers that he would like more upgrades, after they brought a new-look W09 to Austria this weekend.
Toto Wolff believes he’ll be confirming Mercedes 2019 driver line-up “very soon” with both Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas expected to re-sign.
Sebastian Vettel acknowledges he was to blame for the crash that cost both himself and Valtteri Bottas at the start of Sunday’s French GP.
Valtteri Bottas admitted to not being able to quite get it right around Paul Ricard, saying he was “struggling to get perfect laps”.
Valtteri Bottas has said the new Mercedes engine feels “fresh and good” and is yet to be run at full power yet.
Beaten in Montreal, a track that has belonged to them the last three years, Valtteri Bottas says Mercedes are “definitely not” the favourites to win in France.
Mercedes have had the most powerful engine since the beginning of 2014 but Valtteri Bottas says they “definitely” need an upgrade after falling behind in Montreal.
Although Valtteri Bottas was second in Montreal on Sunday, Toto Wolff says it was a “shit” result for Mercedes and suggests there could be consequences.
Valtteri Bottas says he is not upset with his runner-up result in Montreal, after all, his Mercedes just was “not quick enough.”
Valtteri Bottas conceded he had no answer to Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari in Canada, with P2 being the “maximum” result.
Valtteri Bottas has said it would have been a “closer fight” with Ferrari in qualifying had he been able to use Mercedes’ new power unit.
Sebastian Vettel, Valtteri Bottas and Max Verstappen reflect on an eventful qualifying session in Canada.
While many drivers are calling for changes to the Monaco GP, or even scrapping the race, Valtteri Bottas has “mixed feelings” about changing the track.
Valtteri Bottas has said that he wants Lewis Hamilton to stay with him at Mercedes.
Valtteri Bottas was another frustrated driver in Monaco after being stranded in P5 all afternoon in Monte Carlo.
Valtteri Bottas has said that Red Bull are “out of reach” in Monaco after Daniel Ricciardo trounced the field in qualifying.
Valtteri Bottas believes he will remain with Mercedes next season as he has been “meeting those targets” set by himself and the team.