Valtteri Bottas to stay with Mercedes in 2018
Bottas was the replacement for Nico Rosberg at the start of the season following the world champion’s shock retirement from the sport at the end of 2016. The Finnish driver has enjoyed a successful debut year with the team, claiming a maiden pole position in Bahrain and a maiden victory in Russia, following up with a second of each in Austria.
Though Mercedes stalled on offering him a new deal this year, an extension for Bottas has always looked likely, with team boss Toto Wolff often repeating that it was a “no-brainer” he would be retained for another season. The delay was more down to Wolff’s pragmatic approach to this year’s driver market and the uncertainty over whether Sebastian Vettel would extend his contract at Ferrari, which he did ahead of the Belgian Grand Prix.Full story