Official: Bottas remains with Mercedes for 2020


Mercedes has confirmed that Valtteri Bottas will remain as Lewis Hamilton's teammate in 2020, the Finn's fourth season with the German outfit.

Bottas joined Mercedes in 2017 following Nico Rosberg's shock decision to retire, and since then has played a key role in the team's success in the constructors' championship in the past two seasons.

The 30-year-old is currently second in the world championship standings on 188 points, and during his two and a half seasons with the team so far, he has scored five race wins and ten pole positions.

"I am very happy and proud to be part of the team for a fourth season," said the Finn, "and wish to thank every team member and the board of Mercedes for their trust and belief in me.

"My performances have been getting better and better each year, and this is a great way to kick start the second half of 2019.

"My overall target is to become Formula One world champion. I believe that on paper, and from my experience with the team, Mercedes is the best option for me to achieve that goal in 2020.

"We have nine races to go this season and I am determined to keep improving at every one of them. Now, all my thoughts are on Spa and delivering a strong performance with the team this weekend."

"For 2019, we set Valtteri the challenge of coming back even stronger than we saw him in the first part of 2018," added team boss, Toto Wolff, "and he has achieved that, with some really impressive performances in the early races this year.

"Although it has been his most successful first half of a championship so far, he is hungry for more and determined to keep on improving and raising his level. That's the mind-set we want from all our team members.

"The results we have achieved together with Valtteri are no coincidence: he has been an integral part of our championship success in the past two seasons, his teamwork with Lewis has been exemplary and he has shown real strength of character in how he has responded to setbacks.

"I'm delighted that he will stay with the team for another season at least - and look forward to seeing him raise the bar even further."

The news suggests that Mercedes has found a 2020 berth for Esteban Ocon, most likely at Renault.

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Published: 29/08/2019
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