Valtteri Bottas has stated that it is simply too early to be discussing a contract for next season. Bottas joined Mercedes at the start of 2017 as has since picked up his first pole position and victory. He is currently on a one-year deal with the Silver Arrows.

While it is unclear what expectations Mercedes had for the Finn at the start of the season, Bottas sits 36 points behind teammate Lewis Hamilton after seven rounds of the world championship. He revealed that he would love to stay at the Brackley-based team in 2018.

“Of course I hope to stay at Mercedes,” Italy’s Sky broadcaster quotes the 27-year-old as saying.

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