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Wolff hints at Bottas deal

17th July 2017, 15:38 by Bobbie Jackson

Mercedes chief Toto Wolff has dropped his biggest hint yet that Valtteri Bottas will be handed a contract extension.

The Finn has impressed since joining Mercedes as a late recruit during the off-season following Nico Rosberg’s decision to retire.

Bottas needed to step up and prove his worth following the switch from Williams after only being handed a one-year deal.

The 27-year-old now looks well on course to secure fresh terms, having won two events already in 2017, while he has taken up a place on the podium in seven of the 10 races this season.

Wolff admits the team are delighted with Bottas’ exploits and insists it is a "no-brainer" to hand out a new contract.

"I'm really satisfied with Valtteri," Wolff said. "I think, yes, we are 90 per cent ready.

"I think looking at his performance, it really is a no brainer.

"But it's not just about next year but also the years after. We have to put all the puzzle pieces together.

"After the race in Budapest I will think about it some more on the beach.”

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Bobbie Jackson is a reporter with an in-depth knowledge of football at all levels. A Blackpool supporter, Bobbie is also a keen rugby union, boxing, MMA and UFC follower.

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