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Images from the 2019 Formula 1 event in Spa, Belgium


Sep 022019

Roll on 2020. Valtteri Bottas has spoken about his delight at signing with the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport Team for another season.

The Finnish ace has been rewarded with a contract extension as he sits second in the Formula One Drivers' Championship standings and will continue to race for the Silver Arrows for a fourth season.

Valtteri has built up a solid partnership with Lewis Hamilton, and the two enjoy a healthy working relationship which has delivered three Formula One Constructors' Championship titles during his time with the team.

The 30-year-old, who has won twice this season in Melbourne and Baku, is already relishing the challenge ahead in 2020.

Valtteri said: "That's always good news when you get things confirmed for next year and it's definitely all that I wanted, because I believe the team will be strong for the rest of the year but also next year. I see no reasons why it wouldn't. That made me very happy to hear it and to get it all done finally. In this sport you know once you've not signed, anything can happen.

"Now I am very happy to know about the future and don't need to worry about that now. I can just really focus on the job.”

Lewis welcomed the news that Valtteri was staying with the team and praised the way they work together.


Lewis added: "Continuity is always a great thing. We have a great environment that we work in and we've created it over time. This is going to be the fourth year, so we have a great working relationship, Valtteri and I. He's constantly improving.


"I think it was a smart decision from the team and I really look forward to working with him. I really enjoy working with him in general. We get on well both outside and on the track. We've always had respect between us, and that's not really very common, particularly when it's so competitive.


"He wakes up and wants to beat me. I wake up and I naturally want to beat him, but we shake each other's hands as men. The energy is just really, really nice within the organisation, when we're in the office, we're in the car and we try to do the best job we can. We don't come back and bring any negativity and bring down individuals within the team."


Lewis finished second in last weekend's Belgian Grand Prix while Valtteri was third. The duo will be looking to go one better this weekend in the Italian Grand Prix at Monza.