Valtteri Bottas will dwell at world champions Mercedes for the 2020 Formula 1 season.
Mercedes exercised an diagram to lengthen his contract after crew boss Toto Wolff determined to take the Finn in diagram to advertise reserve driver Esteban Ocon.
Oconhas joined Renault for 2020after a year on the sidelines.
Wolff had been concerned that Bottas’ make had slipped after a daring originate to the season however preferred stability over the uncertainty of taking Ocon.
“For 2019, we residing Valtteri the cringe of coming serve even stronger than we saw him in the main section of 2018 – and he has achieved that, with some the truth is spectacular performances in the early races this year,” acknowledged Wolff.
Bottas, who joined Mercedes in 2017, is 2d in the championship, 62 elements in the serve of crew-mate Lewis Hamilton.
He is level with the Briton on four pole positions going into the Belgian Big Prix this weekend however has obtained easiest two races compared with Hamilton’s eight.
“I am very fully ecstatic and proud to be section of the crew for a fourth season and must thank every crew member and the board of Mercedes for their have faith and perception in me,” acknowledged the Finn, 30.
“My performances possess been convalescing and higher every year, and here is a sizable diagram to kick-originate the 2d half of of 2019.”
Bottas and Hamilton had two wins every after the main four races of the season however Hamilton kicked on from there whereas his crew-mate’s make dropped off, especially in races.
He went into the summer season spoil on the serve of two disappointing grands prix, crashing out in Germany when working 2d and with a sizable chance to diminish Hamilton’s championship lead then finishing eighth in Hungary after harmful his entrance cruise on the main lap in a collision with Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc.
But Wolff in the ruin determined against the aptitude possibility of introducing an unknown component into the crew.
He additionally had concerns that inserting the 22-year-used Frenchman up against Hamilton so shortly could injury his occupation and has as an different freed Ocon to affix Renault.