Toto Wolff makes big announcement about Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes for next season
Toto Wolff makes big announcement about Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes for next season Valtteri Bottas deal doesnt expire until 2019 but due to Esteban Ocon impressing this season, speculation has been rife that the Frenchman will make the step up from Mercedes sister team Force India. The 21-year-old starlet enjoyed a solid 2017 campaign, finishing eighth in the drivers standings. But team chief Wolff has been quick to play down the rumours. Esteban is one of our drivers and is therefore in the picture, but the team and all of its strength is behind Valtteri, he told Finish newspaper Turun Sanomat. “I can assure you, from the board to every team member, we all want Valtteri to succeed” Toto Wolff If we to start thinking about other drivers, it would mean that the emotional side would not be 100 per cent for Valtteri. I can assure you, from the board to every team member, we all want Valtteri to succeed. “Together with Lewis, he is our driver and we do not consider any others. Mercedes have no reason to change their driver line-up after winning the constructors championship by 146 points from Ferrari this year. Bottas won three races in his first campaign at the team. While star man Hamilton won his fourth F1 title with two races to spare. The 32-year-olds deal expires at the end of next season.