Mercedes re-signs F1 superstar

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VALTTERI Bottas has signed a new one-year contract with Mercedes to remain with the world champions

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MONZA, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 03: Race winner Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP celebrates with second place Valtteri Bottas of Finland and Mercedes GP after` the Formula One Grand Prix of Italy at Autodromo di Monza on September 3, 2017 in Monza, Italy. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)

VALTTERI Bottas has signed a new one-year contract with Mercedes to remain with the world champions until the end of 2018.

The Finn has impressed since replacing retired world champion Nico Rosberg at the Silver Arrows in January, claiming two wins — his first in Formula 1 — and seven podium finishes.

The news means Bottas and Hamilton are set to remain teammates for another year, but it leaves Mercedes with no drivers confirmed for 2019 — with the contract Hamilton signed in 2015 also running until the end of next season.

Bottas joined Mercedes following four seasons at Williams in which he had claimed nine podium finishes but never a race victory or pole position.

He broke his pole duck at April’s Bahrain GP before taking his first victory at the Russian GP two weeks later, when he held off the challenge of Sebastian Vettel.

He claimed his second victory of the season in Austria while he has also finished second on four occasions, including in Azerbaijan where he came from last and a lap down to finish behind Daniel Ricciardo.

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Valtteri will be with Lewis for another season yet. Source: Getty Images

With seven Grands Prix remaining, Bottas is third in the Drivers’ Championship, trailing leader Hamilton by 41 points and Vettel by 38.

Significantly, the dynamic between Bottas and Hamilton has remain harmonious so far, in stark contrast to the fractious relationship that developed between Hamilton and Rosberg during their three years battling for the championship.

“He has earned his place and he will continue to grow,” Hamilton said earlier in the season.

“He has done a great job, it’s only his first year with the team. He will continue to go from strength to strength.

“Valtteri’s energy is helping create a great harmony. When he is at the factory, he brings a great energy which everyone loves and appreciate

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