Wolff thinking long-term before re-signing Bottas

From ESPN - July 17, 2017

Toto Wolff says Mercedes will make a decision on Valtteri Bottas' future over the summer once he has had a chance to analyse Mercedes' long-term options.

Bottas replaced Nico Rosberg at Mercedes over the winter after the reigning world champion announced his shock retirement at the end of 2016. Wolff had to prise Bottas out of a Williams contract, but only opted to sign him on a one year deal in order to keep his options open ahead of 2018.

Since joining Mercedes, Bottas has scored two race victories and is currently 22 points behind teammate Lewis Hamilton in the drivers' standings. Hamilton has often talked about the positive energy Bottas has brought to the team this year, but Wolff wants to put all the pieces of the driver market puzzle together before committing to a new contract.

"He's almost a no brainer [for 2018]," Wolff said of Bottas. "But I just like to accept the puzzle together, and it's not only about 2018. I think it's about moving forward, about what happens in '19 and '20, the risk and opportunities.

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


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