Valtteri Bottas has signed a new contract extension with Mercedes that will see him remain with them till 2021.
The Finland international whose contract was set to run out this year has been rewarded with an extra year after his impressive displays since joining them in 2017.
Team principal Toto Wolff while admonishing the hardwork of the 30-year-old also believes his best is yet to come.
“We are seeing the strongest Valtteri we’ve ever seen this year in terms of his on-track performance, but also physically and mentally“, Wolff said.
“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 we have the strongest driver pairing in F1, and signing Valtteri is an important first step in retaining this strength.
“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.”
Since joining Mercedes in 2017, Bottas has won eight races and 12 pole positions. He has expressed his delight with his new contract.
“I’m very happy to stay with Mercedes in 2021 and build on the success we’ve enjoyed together already,” he said
“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”, he concluded.