Toto Wolff says Valtteri Bottas has “no excuses” this year as he pushes for a new Mercedes contract. Bottas had a mixed first year with F1’s top team, but he is aiming for a full title assault in 2018. At the same time, he was only given a new single-year contract.

But Bottas insists: “The pressure is now much less. I have gone through one season with Lewis (Hamilton), and the team is now familiar to me. At my best level I can get poles and win races. Last February, I had to learn about the team but now I can focus just on improving the performance.

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