Mercedes confirmed today Lewis Hamilton will remain at the team for the next two seasons. The team is believed to favour retaining Bottas, who joined them at the beginning of last season.
“From my side I am really happy for Lewis and for the team,” he said. “I think it’s great news for both sides so that’s very good.
“And from my side for sure I hope quite soon there will be some news. I’m pretty confident there will be.”
Bottas revealed he is taking care of his own contract negotiations with the team.
“I do all the negotiations myself because I want to, I prefer speaking with the team face to face. All the respect to all the management team that’s been helping be since 2008, they’ve helped me to get where I am now. At some point i just felt I want to do [it] myself because I’m interested in my own future and me being face to face with the boss, to me that’s the most simple way. That’s how I want to do things.”
The 28-year-old’s previous management team, which includes Didier Coton, continues to support him in an advisory role, he said.
“If I still need any help I can get some and I can get advice. They’re still supporting me.”
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