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Toto Wolff - Valtteri Bottas In Very Uncomfortable Position

Toto Wolff - Valtteri Bottas In Very Uncomfortable Position
21/6/2017


Valtteri Bottas is in an uncomfortable position at the team in 2017 says Mercedes Boss Toto Wolff, which he said was due to the fact that his contract only runs to the end of the Year.

Bottas joined Mercedes from Williams in January as replacement for Nico Rosberg, who retired after winning the the Championship last year and due to the urgency and last minute nature of Bottas deal, he was only able to get a one year contract and it still under speculation, if he will remain with Mercedes next year.

Winning the Russian Grand Prix in April, the Finnish driver will have his decision to join Mercedes a good one says Toto Wolff
Though Mercedes is in no rush to confirm its line-up for next year, Wolff has been impressed with Bottas, who won his maiden F1 race at the Russian Grand Prix in April.

"Of course it's an uncomfortable situation for him with quite some pressure," Wolff said. 

"When we decided to make Valtteri the offer, he knew that we would be taking our time with the decision going forward because the driver market is more open in 2018 and beyond -- 2018 and 2019.

"That's why we will not rush into a decision, but continue to work with him and see how that pans out. But generally the view of the team is that he's done a good job. The call he received was pretty late, he's driving against one of the best drivers in Formula One that has been with the team in his fifth season and he's had a pole position, won a race in Sochi in a very dominant way and he's had the more difficult races.

"But overall his performance on-track and the way he has integrated with the team was very positive."

"He has taken a decision to leave Williams and join Mercedes in a one-year deal. I think that the perception of him as a racing driver has gained. He's won a race rather than lost, so I think it already paid out."
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