F1: Bottas extends Mercedes contract till 2019

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Madrid, July 20 (IANS) Formula One announced on Friday that Valtteri Bottas had signed a new contract with Mercedes until 2019 with an option for a further year, a day after his teammate Lewis Hamilton finalised his two-year deal with the racing team.

The 28-year-old Finn, who joined Mercedes in 2017, has a score of three Grand Prix wins and five pole positions, reports Efe.

“It is great news that I will be racing for Mercedes in 2019,” Bottas said. “It is nice to announce it here in Hockenheim — not just the home race for Mercedes but also the circuit where I took my first ever single-seater wins back in 2007.”

“I enjoy working with the team, and also being teammates with Lewis — we have a good relationship, honest and straightforward, and always aiming to get the right results for Mercedes,” he added.

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Bottas is currently placed fifth in the driver standings, 67 points behind leader Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari.

“Obviously, my goal is to keep performing at a high level – and to make it a no-brainer for the team when it comes to deciding their plans for 2020 as well,” he stressed.

–IANS

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