Valtteri Bottas will stay with Mercedes for a second season in 2018, with the team describing the Finn's contract extension as a 'no brainer'.
Bottas joined the Silver Arrows from Williams shortly ahead of the current season and hit the ground running, scoring a podium first time out in Australia and following that up with his first Grand Prix victory just three races later in Russia. He won again in Austria, and has also claimed two poles and nine podiums from the 13 races to date, lifting him to third in the championship, just 41 points off team mate and three-time world champion Lewis Hamilton.
"We gave Valtteri a big challenge this year: joining the team at the eleventh hour, stepping up to the forefront of F1 and pairing with the sport’s best driver as his team mate. With that in mind, his results have been probably even more impressive," said Toto Wolff, Head of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport.
"There have been ups and downs – more ups, fewer downs – and some great highlights like his two race wins in Russian and Austria. Overall, the balance of his performances and his upward trajectory made it a no-brainer for us to continue with him into 2018.
"For our team, the bonus factors are the respect and sportsmanship that have grown between our two drivers. The chemistry and dynamic between Valtteri and Lewis work and are what we need to take the fight to our competitors."