The Finnish driver Valtteri Bottas has renewed his relationship with the Formula 1 Mercedes team for a year and will run with the 'silver arrows' in 2021 , as announced by his team on Thursday.
In this way, Bottas will compete for the fifth consecutive season with the Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team . Since his arrival in 2017, he has achieved eight victories and 12 poles , also achieving with him 39 of his 48 podiums in Formula 1. In addition, he has helped the German team to conquer the Constructors' Championship in the last three seasons.
"I am very happy to stay at Mercedes in 2021 and continue to build on the success that we have already enjoyed together. Thank you to everyone on the team and to the Mercedes family for your continued support and trust in me. I am very proud to represent this great team and the 'three-pointed star' on our journey together next year, "Bottas said after the deal.
The Scandinavian recalled " the continuous improvement " in his performance that he has experienced in recent years. "I am sure that today I am stronger than ever, but I can always raise the bar. Mercedes adopts the same philosophy: she always wants to improve and she is always hungry for more. Since I fell in love with Formula 1 as a child, my dream has been I have been a world champion someday. I am in the fight for the title this year and staying in Mercedes puts me in the best possible position to compete for him also next season, "he said.
For his part, Mercedes boss Toto Wolff acknowledged the team's excitement over the deal. "We are seeing the strongest Valtteri we have seen this year in terms of performance on the track, but also physically and mentally. He is second in the championship, finished last season second and plays a very important role in the overall performance of our team. "he listed.
"I am sure we have the strongest driver pair right now in Formula 1 and signing Valtteri is an important first step to maintaining this strength in the future. Valtteri is a straightforward and hard working guy who has a good relationship with everything the team, including his teammate, which is unusual when both drivers fight for the championship. I look forward to seeing him continue to raise the bar with us this year and into 2021. "
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