Valtteri Bottas says it is still “too early” to talk about the possible extension of his contract.

After Nico Rosberg’s shock retirement, Mercedes signed the Finn only for 2017 and there have been rumours Fernando Alonso or Sebastian Vettel could move to the German team to replace him.

However, team management and Lewis Hamilton have in recent days hailed the new dynamic within Mercedes, raising the potential of a 2018 contract for Bottas.

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

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