The Finnish pilot said he feels “stronger than ever” after agreeing to extend his link with the German team.
Valtteri Bottas agreed a new contract with Mercedes for the 2021 season of the Formula One. The Finnish driver had eight wins, 12 poles and 39 podiums since joining the German team in 2017.
Bottas finished second in the drivers’ championship last year, behind teammate Lewis Hamilton, and is once again battling the Briton in the 2020 standings, having earned 58 points in the first four races of the season.
“I am very happy to stay with Mercedes in 2021 and build on the success we have already enjoyed together. The past few years have been about continuous improvement, working on all aspects of my performance. I am confident that today I am stronger. than ever, but I can always raise the bar. Mercedes adopts the same philosophy: they always want to improve and they are always hungry for more, “said Bottas.
He added: “Ever since I fell in love with F1 as a child, my dream has been to become a world champion someday. I am in the fight for the title this year and staying with Mercedes puts me in the best possible position to compete next year. year too. “
Toto Wolff, CEO of Mercedes, said: “We are very excited that Valtteri stays with the team for at least one more season. We are seeing the strongest Valtteri we have seen this year, in terms of his performance on the track, but also physically and mentally. He is second in the championship, finished the last season in P2 and plays a very important role in the overall performance of our team. “
“I am sure we have the strongest team of drivers in F1 today and signing Valtteri is an important first step to retain this strength in the future. Valtteri is a direct and hard working guy who has a good relationship with the whole team, Including his teammate, which is not a minor fact when both drivers are fighting for the championship. I hope to see him continue raising the bar together with us this year and in 2021, “concluded the Austrian.
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