Valtteri Bottas is looking to stay at Williams for another season, despite having previously been linked with both Ferrari and Mercedes.
Once looked upon as a future World Champion, the Finns stock has fallen somewhat over the last couple of years, failing to outpace teammate Felipe Massa on a regular basis and not yet clinching Williams their first win since 2010. Williams, since playing a masterstroke in getting the Mercedes power unit for 2014 used that as their advantage to climb up the grid. They were for a time the second best team, especially at the faster circuits with the lower drag set up they had on the car, but they were not able to capitalise.
2016 has been somewhat of a disappointment, falling to fourth in the World Championship with Force India hot on their tail for that position as well.
Bottas has long been connected to Mercedes, mainly due to Toto Wolff who brought him to Williams during his time with the team before moving to Mercedes. He has also been connected to Ferrari as a possible second driver, although With Kimi Raikkonen staying there another year in 2017 that dream seems to be fading, so the best option looks to be at Williams, and fighting with the new regulations to get back to the top again.
Didier Coton, Bottas’ manager has recently said, “Valtteri has been very adamant about his commitment towards Williams since the beginning of this season, especially because of the change in the regulations for next year, and the trust he has in them. There is a bit of an unfinished story between those two, and he wants to commit as much as he can to the team.
“He is in F1 to win, the team, of course, has the same objective, and both are working hard to achieve it. Williams is a great team, with a lot of potential. They have demonstrated in the past two years what they can do, and there is more to come. And if I look at Valtteri’s commitment towards the team, the team should be happy to have him.”
Both drivers are up for a contract renewal, with Jenson Button and Alex Lynn both linked to a drive with the team in 2017.