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Official: Bottas continues with Mercedes in 2021

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06/08/2020

Mercedes has announced that it has extended its agreement with Valtteri Bottas until at least the end of the 2021 season.

The new arrangement will see the Finn compete with Mercedes for the fifth consecutive season. He joined the team in 2017 and has since scored eight wins with the team.

Bottas played a key role in the team's success in the Constructors' Championships over the past three years and finished second in the Drivers' Championship in 2019. He is currently second in the 2020 drivers' standings.

"I'm very happy to stay with Mercedes in 2021 and build on the success we've enjoyed together already," said the Finn. "Thank you to everyone in the team and the wider Mercedes family for their continued support and their trust in me. I'm very proud to represent this great team and the three-pointed star on our journey together again next year.

"The past few years have been all about continuous improvement, working on every aspect of my performance. I'm confident that today I'm the strongest I've ever been, but I can always raise the bar. Mercedes embraces the same philosophy: They always want to get better and are always hungry for more.

"Ever since I fell in love with F1 as a kid it's been my dream to one day become world champion. I'm in the fight for the title this year and staying with Mercedes puts me in the best possible position to compete for it next season as well.

"We're in the middle of a shortened season and I want to give my absolute best in every single race we'll go to this year. The puncture last weekend was a bit of a blow in my fight with Lewis, but I'm determined to come back strong this weekend on the same track."

"We are very excited that Valtteri will stay with the team for at least one more season," added Toto Wolff. "We're seeing the strongest Valtteri we've ever seen this year - in terms of his on-track performance, but also physically and mentally. He is second in the championship, finished the last season in P2 and plays a very important part in our overall team performance.

"I'm confident that we have the strongest driver pairing in F1 today and signing Valtteri is an important first step in retaining this strength for the future. Valtteri is a hard-working, straightforward guy who has a good relationship with the entire team - including his team-mate, which is not a given when both drivers are fighting for the championship.

"I'm looking forward to seeing him continue to raise the bar together with us this year and in 2021."

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1. Posted by equator180, 07/08/2020 2:42

"A safe thing for Lewis and probably a pre condition to his upcoming big contract. Talk all you want about the glorious drivers but it is the genius behind the Mercedes era for consistency is Toto, it is him more than anyone on the MB team who has steered the ship to through all waters to this era of superiority. Does anyone seriously think Lewis could string together the series of championships in any other team except MB?"

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2. Posted by Motorsport-fan, 06/08/2020 14:21

"So I guess Mercedes are staying, unless Pitpass knows different. "

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3. Posted by TSGoodchild, 06/08/2020 13:29

"No surprise. Russell for 22 though please."

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