Valterri Bottas: It is a no-brainer to stay on at Mercedes

With his contract set to expire in 2020, Valtteri Bottas says it is a "no-brainer" to stay at Mercedes should he be offered a new deal.

Published : Dec 30, 2019 22:40 IST

Valtteri Bottas wishes to remain at Mercedes.
Valtteri Bottas wishes to remain at Mercedes.

Valtteri Bottas wishes to remain at Mercedes.

Valtteri Bottas says it would be a "no-brainer" to remain at Mercedes should he be offered a new deal.

Bottas, who finished second in the Formula One world championship behind team-mate Lewis Hamilton in 2019, is contracted to Mercedes until the end of the 2020 season.

Sebastian Vettel and Hamilton are some of the other big-name drivers who are also out of contract at the end of the next campaign.

However, he insists he has no intention of leaving the team if a new offer is put on the table.

"I think it's going to be an interesting season for sure. I can't remember a time where so many people are expiring with contracts," Bottas said, in quotes reported by .

"Of course, like every other driver, I will look at all the possible options.

"Now, if I could decide on my future for 2021 it would be a no-brainer to continue with this team. I really enjoy it here, we are performing better and better and I am becoming a better driver all of the time."

Rallying a future for Bottas?

Bottas also claimed his first rally victory in 2019, and acknowledged it is one possible avenue for him to move into once he calls time on his F1 career.

"It's too early to say," Bottas said. "You never know what's ahead in life or what's gonna happen but at the moment I like it. It's a fun thing for me to do and I like it.

"I also think it's good for me to try it and to have something different for my skills. I haven't thought that far and I still see myself in F1 for quite some time.

"There is still lots to give and lots to achieve for sure. One day, I'll see what I want to do but for the moment I find it a lot of fun and I would say never say never."

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