Valtteri Bottas keen to extend Lewis Hamilton partnership at Mercedes

In 2016, Bottas had signed a one-year deal to replace Rosberg as Hamilton's new teammate at Mercedes for the 2017 season.

Published: 14th February 2018 05:10 PM  |   Last Updated: 14th February 2018 05:10 PM   |  A+A-

Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas | AP

By ANI

JOHANNESBURG: Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas wants to continue being team-mates with Lewis Hamilton as he insists that he clicked really well with the four-time world champion in their first season together.

In 2016, Bottas had signed a one-year deal to replace suddenly-retired Nico Rosberg as Hamilton's new teammate at Mercedes for the 2017 season.

The 28-year-old later extended his stay at Mercedes after a new one-year deal was agreed to by the team.

However, both Mercedes team-mates will now be out of contract at the end of the 2018 season.

While Hamilton is in negotiations with Mercedes over a new contract which would keep the Briton at the team until 2021, Bottas will have to earn a new contract.

"For me, it's good for Lewis to continue. I clicked well with him, and he's a quick driver and a challenge,” Sport24 quoted Bottas, as saying.

The Finnish driver believes the best argument in favour of Mercedes retaining his services for the upcoming season is to win convincingly for them in 2019.

“The best contract argument [for me] is to win as many races as possible,” he added.

Bottas first season with the German team saw him winning the first three races, but the Finnish driver was largely outplayed by Hamilton who bagged nine wins in 2017 to eventually clinch his fourth Formula One title.

Stay up to date on all the latest Sport news with The New Indian Express App. Download now

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

IPL2018