Logo
Favorites Add to favorites | Contact  

F1 news

F1 - Mercedes keeping ’options open’ for 2019 - Wolff

"Maybe they want that big name"


14 September 2017 - 10h38, by GMM 

A new one-year contract for Valtteri Bottas has kindled fresh speculation Max Verstappen could be headed to Mercedes for 2019.

Team boss Toto Wolff, who admits to having coffee with Red Bull driver Verstappen’s father Jos at Monza, confirmed that Finn Bottas’ newly-announced deal is for 2018 only.

"We are very happy with Valtteri and have therefore extended with him for 2018," Wolff told Bild newspaper.

"However, we still want to keep all our options open for 2019."

19-year-old Verstappen has made clear his displeasure with Red Bull this season, but is believed to be firmly under contract not only for 2018 but also 2019.

However, Red Bull’s driver manager Dr Helmut Marko said: "I cannot take offense if he looks around elsewhere."

But for now, Mercedes has re-signed with Bottas and that news was welcomed by his fellow Finn and former F1 driver Mika Salo.

"Almost from the beginning, Valtteri has shown he can win races when Lewis cannot, so he is just perfect for the job," Salo told the Finnish broadcaster C More.

Salo also said it is understandable that Mercedes has opted for just a new one-year deal for Bottas.

"Maybe they want that big name (for 2019)," he said. "This year the driver market has also been a bit strange, with almost no changes. The quietest for some time."

And so Salo thinks 2018 is Bottas’ big chance to shine.

"This year he’s been driving Lewis’ car basically, and that won’t be the case next year when he should be able to win races right from the beginning," he said.



Partager
Bookmark and Share
Bookmark and Share on Google   Bookmark and Share on Yahoo   Bookmark and Share on Netvibes   Bookmark and Share on Newsgator
F1
Photos - 2017 Singapore GP - Race (552 photos)
Photos - 2017 Singapore GP - Pre-race (275 photos)
Photos - 2017 Singapore GP - Saturday (593 photos)
Photos - 2017 Singapore GP - Friday (699 photos)
Photos - 2017 Singapore GP - Thursday (458 photos)
Photos - 2017 Italian GP - Race (427 photos)
Photos - 2017 Italian GP - Pre-race (164 photos)
Photos - 2017 Italian GP - Saturday (620 photos)
Photos - 2017 Italian GP - Friday (633 photos)
Photos - 2017 Italian GP - Thursday (364 photos)
F1

F1
Video - The Haas F1 VF-17 on track at Barcelona
Video - Red Bull launches new RB13 car for 2017
Video - Ricciardo and Verstappen go drone racing in Montreal
Vidéo - Interview with Max Verstappen after the Monaco GP
Video - Baku GP circuit preview
Video - Renault F1 RS16 - 2016 livery launch
Video - Pirelli explains the new tyre regulations
Video - A first look at Baku City Circuit
Video - Haas F1 VF-16 launch
Videos - The Ferrari SF16-H, a bold concept (Allison, Resta & Binotto)
F1

F1


Miniboutik





F1
F1