Bottas Keen on Wrapping Up Mercedes F1 Contract Talks ‘Earlier’

Published 05/20/2021, 11:09 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – April 15, 2021 Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas in the FIA Press Conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS


Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton’s contract negotiations for the 2021 season dragged on a bit too long this year. So much so, that both parties have declared their intent to finalize the deal for 2022 before the paddock leaves for mid-season break. And from the looks of it, the extensive delay seems to have scared Valtteri Bottas too, who is eager to finalize his contract as soon as possible.

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Valtteri Bottas feels “summer break” is the perfect time to make the decision

As quoted by Motorsport.com, Bottas said, “Honestly, it’s always better earlier. “I’ve had contracts [signed] early, I’ve had contracts too late that it almost becomes a distraction.”

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Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – April 15, 2021 Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas walks around the track ahead of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane

“But to be honest, I haven’t really thought about it yet. And that’s an honest answer. I’m really just focusing on these races now and that moment when we start to talk it will come eventually.

“For sure about my future, yes, I think August break is normally a good deadline. But to be honest I don’t want to think about it yet.I just want to win races, that’s the only thing on my mind at the moment,” Bottas concluded.

How does Bottas compare to his teammate, Lewis Hamilton?

The Finn has been on Hamilton‘s tail for quite some time, but unfortunately, he rarely managed to beat the Knight. Bottas has made to every single podium this season, except for the Emilia GP, where he crashed with Williams driver, George Russell.

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Now with four races in, Bottas holds third place in the standings with 47 points to his name while Hamilton leads the table with 90. The 31-year-old also faces a threat in the form of George Russell, who is tipped to replace him in the team.

Formula One F1 – Spanish Grand Prix – Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain – May 8, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates after qualifying in pole position with Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas who finished in third position REUTERS/Emilio Morenatti

With only a year left to prove to Mercedes that he deserves to stay, do you think that Bottas will push Hamilton all the way and claim his first-ever title in F1? and persuade Mercedes to extend his contract? Let us know in the comments below.

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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