Bottas expects Mercedes contract discussions ‘next month or so’

MONTE-CARLO, MONACO – MAY 23: Valtteri Bottas of Finland and Mercedes GP prepares to drive during the F1 Grand Prix of Monaco at Circuit de Monaco on May 23, 2021 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Mario Renzi – Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)

Valtteri Bottas is eager to renew his Formula 1 contract with Mercedes as his performance declined from the level of his teammate, with rumors that George Russell will take over his seat.

Bottas is having a rough season so far, failing to achieve the expected performance of a Mercedes driver. His contract with the Silver Arrows expires at the end of the season, and the Finn is yet to sit down at the negotiation table.

“First of all, we haven’t yet spoken anything because it’s a pretty demanding championship and you know how much it matters to have working peace, let’s say, so you can focus on the main thing, which is performance,” he said after the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

“That time will come, for sure. It’s been not yet, but obviously time flies and especially soon when we go to triple headers, we won’t really have time. I would imagine that naturally in the next month or so we’ll start to speak. I know from previous experience, the sooner you can sort things it’s the better for everyone. So it will come soon, but not yet.”

Bottas said that looking at his situaton he feels he has ‘a good few’ more years in Formula 1, but says the future is always unknown in the sport.

“If I look at the big picture, for sure I still have a good few years in me. I feel like year on year I keep improving on certain areas and keep getting better. I’m quite far from the older drivers on the grid so, in theory, I still have time, but you just don’t know what the future holds. I take it weekend by weekend and see what comes.”

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