Bottas aims to make his resigning “a no brainer” for Mercedes

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Valtteri Bottas says he wants to continue driving for Mercedes beyond 2020, but he will also consider other opportunities.

Bottas has been with Mercedes since 2017, but he was only given one-year contracts. The Finn’s current deal runs out at the end of 2020, but he is determined to keep his seat.

“That’s my aim, for sure,” said Bottas.

“Because I do enjoy working with this team. So I try to do that for sure. But I think it still could be interesting, even from my side, I’m also running out of contract next year.

“I’ll be keen to see if there’s any other opportunities and whatever. We’ll see next year and you never know what’s going to happen in six months time.

“Lots of things can happen, but it will be interesting. Obviously my aim is to make it a no-brainer decision for the team and hopefully more than one year on paper.”

Recently Mercedes boss Toto Wolff acknowledged that a lack of contract security could be impacting Bottas’ performance and admitted they could do “a better job” in that regard. The Finn is looking to do what he can to make sure he is in the best possible situation once contract negotiations start.

“You do want to be in a good position as you can. Now it’s time to perform well until, you know, all the talks start.

“It’s always part of F1 and normal in this sport, but I just need to keep doing what I’m doing now and keep enjoying it and getting those results.”


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