Valtteri Bottas will also play in the Mercedes Formula 1 team in 2020. The Finn stable stables announced this on Thursday.
The 30-year-old Bottas rides since 2017 alongside reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton at the dominant German racing stable. He has since won five Grands Prix and has been in pole position ten times.
Team boss Toto Wolff announced earlier that he would quickly make a decision about the future of Bottas. The Finn is usually in the shadow of Hamilton and Mercedes has a talent in Esteban Ocon (22) that could replace him.
Ocon himself, however, is explicitly associated with a seat at the Renault team, where he would replace Nico Hülkenberg in 2020. That announcement is expected this weekend during the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps.
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Poor performance in 2018
2018 in particular was a poor year for Bottas, in which he did not win any Grand Prix. Hamilton won eleven times in the same season. In the last four races of the previous season, the Finn did not appear on stage once.
2019 started a lot better for Bottas, after he won the opening race in Australia. He also won in Azerbaijan, but then had to regularly recognize his superior again in his British teammate. As a result, rumors about replacing Bottas got underway again, fueled by the one-year contract he has with Mercedes.
Wolff would have promised Ocon that he would get a seat by 2020, at Mercedes or somewhere else. Now that the Frenchman seems to be signing with his compatriots of Renault, the way is clear for Bottas to stay with Mercedes.
The free practice sessions for the Belgian Grand Prix start on Friday at 11 a.m. The second training is at 3 p.m. The qualification starts on Saturday at 3 p.m. The race starts on Sunday at 3.10 p.m.