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Valtteri Bottas Contract Talks With Mercedes Begins

Valtteri Bottas Contract Talks With Mercedes Begins

Mercedes Boss Toto Wolff had admitted the opening of initial contract talks with Valtteri Bottas  about an extension for 2018, hoping it all gets settled by the Singapore GP.

Valtteri Bottas joined Mercedes from the Williams on a one year deal after Nicolas Rosberg's unexpected retirement after winning the drivers Championship.

Sitting third on the driver Championship Table after 11 races and 33 points behind leader Sebastian Vettel, he had been exception but the Mercedes Boss could not commit on, whether, he will be available by next season with the Silver Arrows.

"It's a good time to talk and to think things through," Wolff said.

"We had some good discussions with Valtteri before Hungary and I'd certainly like to dash over to Asia for the final races with a decision."

He won his first race in the Russian GP back in April and was also the Victor of the Austria GP last month and according to him said, he is not in a rush to sign contract extensions.

"There could be some progress to be made on that during the break because obviously the last month has been pretty hectic," Bottas said.

"It's been difficult to have proper meetings and discussions with so many races. For sure there is some time but there is no rush, we don't need to get anything done before Spa."

It is noticed that non of the grid leading drivers have long standing contracts with their team Fernando Alonso, Kimi Raikkonen and championship leader Vettel meanwhile are out of contract at the end of this year, Hamilton's deal with Mercedes runs until the end of next season while the contracts of Red Bull duo Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen also expire in 18 months' time.

"The market becomes pretty interesting in 2019 and onwards and you just need to plan ahead what's happening," Wolff said last month.

"I would just like to put the puzzle together, it is not only about 2018. It is about looking forward in 2019 and 2020."
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