Mercedes have revealed that they have opened talks with their driver Valtteri Bottas in a bid to extend his contract beyond 2018 before the Singapore GP kicks off.
Valtteri Bottas joined Mercedes earlier this year to fill in for veteran Nico Rosberg, who called it quit after he won the Drivers’ Championship in 2016.
Bottas has been in great form ever since he moved to Mercedes as he has won two race and is currently third place in the overall standing on this year’s championship with just 33 points adrift of Sebastian Vettel.
The team’s leader Wolff believes this is the best time to talk about a new contract.
“We had a good talk just before the Hungarian Grand Prix and I would like to have his contract talk resolved before we head to Singapore.
Bottas won the Russian GP after suffering a setback in Bahrain and also took the first spot at the GP in Austrian.
Bottas In No Hurry
Bottas, 27, stated that he is no hurry to have a contract extension.
“I still have a lot to do during this break because I have had a very hectic week so far,” Bottas said.
“It’s been hard to set up a proper meeting because of the number of race involved. So I want to bid my time before making any decision.”
Wolff further stated that making a decision on Bottas has been very complicated and this is largely due to the fact the market is complicated.