Bottas expected to win new deal

Bottas expected to win new deal

Mercedes F1 boss Toto Wolff has described the prospect of Valtteri Bottas remaining with the team for F1 2018 as 'almost a no brainer', but says the decision can wait until the upcoming summer break.

"It is almost a no-brainer", he told reporters at Silverstone. I think it's about moving forward, about what happens in 19 and 20, the risk and opportunities.

Bottas signed a one-year deal to replace the suddenly retired Nico Rosberg this year and has been pushing for a long-term commitment by the German team. I would just like to get the puzzle together, and it's not only about 2018, but there is logic.

Despite the options available to Mercedes, it is therefore expected to keep Bottas for F1 2018 and seemingly beyond, with a decision to 'contemplated on a beach' in August. Teammate Kimi Räikkönen was unusually quick and proved to be the worthier Ferrari driver that day.

"That's why after Budapest, hopefully a good race again, I'm going to contemplate on a beach about what's right and wrong for the team".

"We are coming to the point that we are getting to the middle of the season".

Indeed, many expect several movements in the driver market for 2018, with the emphasis shifting away from Raikkonen and Alonso as the 'keys' to the driver market and instead focusing on Vettel, who - according to sources in the Italian media - could be forced to tone down his deal with Ferrari as part of the fallout from his Azerbaijan Grand Prix furore.

While Ferrari have relied on Vettel, winner of three races, for the bulk of their points, the Mercedes drivers have been more equally matched.

On Sunday he started ninth thanks to a five-place penalty but fought back to anchor the team's second one-two of the season and pass Vettel, who dropped to seventh after a late puncture. Bottas is third overall and 22 points behind Hamilton.