Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff has praised this season’s performance from Valtteri Bottas, who has signed a contract extension with the reigning champions.
As was widely expected, Bottas put pen to paper and signed a one-year extension to his Mercedes contract, which will see the Finn continue alongside Lewis Hamilton.
With Bottas having a competitive first half of 2017, discussions were believed to have started over the course of the summer break, with the contract extension being announced ahead of the Singapore Grand Prix.
Speaking on the deal, Wolff believed signing Bottas for 2017 was a “no-brainer”.
“We gave Valtteri a big challenge this year: joining the team at the eleventh hour, stepping up to the forefront of F1 and pairing with the sport’s best driver as his team-mate. With that in mind, his results have been probably even more impressive,” praised Wolff.
“There have been ups and downs – more ups, fewer downs – and some great highlights like his two race wins in Russian and Austria. Overall, the balance of his performances and his upward trajectory made it a no-brainer for us to continue with him into 2018.”
He added that the camaraderie between Hamilton and Bottas was added incentive for the deal.
“For our team, the bonus factors are the respect and sportsmanship that have grown between our two drivers. The chemistry and dynamic between Valtteri and Lewis work and are what we need to take the fight to our competitors.”