Valtteri Bottas signs new Mercedes deal for 2018 season

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Valtteri Bottas has won two races this season

Valtteri Bottas has signed a new contract with Mercedes to race for the Formula 1 world champions in 2018.

The Finnish driver joined Mercedes on a one-year deal in January 2017, as a replacement for retired world champion Nico Rosberg.

The 28-year-old is third in this year’s drivers’ championship with two wins from 13 races. Team-mate Lewis Hamilton leads the standings.

Bottas is in his fifth season in F1, having also driven for Williams.

“When the team hired me for the 2017 season, they took a leap of faith by putting their trust in my skills,” said Bottas.

“This new contract shows that I’ve earned that trust.”

Prior to joining Mercedes, Bottas had never won a race and had achieved nine podium finishes, a figure he has already matched this season.

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff said: “Bottas’ upward trajectory made it a no-brainer for us to continue with him into 2018.

“The chemistry and dynamic between Valtteri and Lewis works and are what we need to take the fight to our competitors.”

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