Published: Sat, July 21, 2018
Sport | By Fredrick Flores

Valtteri Bottas contract talks only took two weeks

Valtteri Bottas contract talks only took two weeks

Hamilton has signed a new two-year contract worth up to £40m a year, while Bottas is signed up for 2019, with an option for 2020.

"I'm very confident that Mercedes is the right place to be over the coming years", Hamilton said.

Mercedes' announcement is a huge boost for the team ahead of the Grand Prix in Germany on Sunday, with Hamilton trailing Sebastian Vettel in the championship by eight points.

The four-time world champion penned a new deal with Mercedes until 2020, when the current set of F1 regulations end. I think we have done a really good job considering certain things that we've faced and what they have brought to different races.

Hamilton may have been unaware that Vettel ran a new exhaust layout on his Ferrari on Friday, as the Scuderia seek to maintain their rampant development pace.

"For me there's been no panicking to try and go anywhere, because once you're down four or five races of the year, it still feels like quite early in the season, but suddenly the time goes very quick, and you realise it's halfway, and it's better to get things sorted", said the Finn. Mercedes points out Hamilton is its most successful driver... in its 112-year GP history.

The German Grand Prix continues its biennial presence on the Formula 1 calendar - it's hosted F1 events in even numbered years since 2014 - as Formula 1 returns to the Hockenheimring this weekend.

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"I can't wait to see what we can achieve together in the next two-and-a-half seasons".

"Maybe the nation is a little bit full or exhausted of racing, I don't know", ventured Renault's Nico Hulkenberg, now one of just two German drivers on the grid but still without a podium finish to his credit in 145 starts.

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton celebrates on the podium after winning the French Grand Prix last month. "This year, with a full winter of preparation, I have been able to make a good step forward - and I believe that there is still more to come", commented Bottas.

"What I enjoy most about working with him is getting to know the man inside the racing helmet", Wolff said.

"Mercedes has become Lewis' home in Formula 1 and his story is linked forever with the silver and green of Mercedes-AMG", he added.

"Germans are a bit spoiled when it comes to that, because we've always been successful, we've always been around...but I think ultimately it's the commercial aspects that play the biggest part".

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