BRACKLEY, U.K. — Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport has agreed to a new contract with Valtteri Bottas for the 2018 Formula One season.
Bottas joined the team this season and has started 13 races for the Silver Arrows so far. Having scored 197 points, the Finn currently holds third place in the drivers’ championship. Since joining Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport, the 28-year old driver has claimed his first Formula One wins (Russia, Austria) as well as his first F1 pole positions (Bahrain, Austria).
This season alone, Valtteri has so far secured nine podiums — equaling the number of podiums he scored in his Formula One career before this season.
“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,” said team principal Toto 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.”
“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.”
Bottas previously drove for the Mercedes-powered Williams team before being signed by the factory squad this year.
“I am honored and proud to continue to work with Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport in 2018 and to remain part of the Mercedes family. Together, we continue to grow stronger day by day, and by keeping up our hard work I believe the sky is the limit,” Bottas said. “Since joining the team in January, I’ve enjoyed every day working with them. The welcome and the support from every team member and all the fans have been invaluable.
“As a driver, I’ve been able to learn and grow massively and we have already enjoyed some really good moments this season that I will never forget. I’ve been very impressed by the mentality, commitment and the team spirit this team holds. Partnering Lewis has also been really good, and I’m enjoying the respect we have and the will to push this team forward together.”
CREDIT: Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport