Keeping Valtteri Bottas at Mercedes next season looks an obvious decision

Keeping Valtteri Bottas at Mercedes next season looks an obvious decision”

After the backlash Lewis Hamilton received for not attending F1 Live London and the five-place grid penalty Valtteri Bottas received for needing a new gearbox, Mercedes and its two drivers needed the perfect weekend-and they got it.

Triple world champion Lewis Hamilton won Sunday's race, a record-equaling fifth victory in Britain and his fourth in a row at Silverstone, to slash Sebastian Vettel's championship lead to a single point.

Wolff's reference to the years after 2018 is an indication that Mercedes could make a move for Sebastian Vettel, Daniel Ricciardo, Fernando Alonso or another top driver for 2019 and beyond.

Bottas signed a one-year deal to replace the suddenly retired Nico Rosberg this year and has been pushing for a long-term commitment by the German team.

Bottas, meanwhile, insisted there had been no discussions about his future. "We will still have to wait a few more weeks and see how things go but that is my target".

"There are some opportunities and after Budapest, l will contemplate what is right and wrong for the team".

Wolff recognized that the Italian team was one every racer dreamed of driving for, but added that Hamilton had the fastest car at present, while the dynamic in the team was "the best". We have to put all the puzzle's pieces together. Indeed, Bottas - who has also established a good working relationship with Hamilton so far - has emerged as the highest-scoring driver of all since the Round 5 in Monaco. He eventually got ahead again through pit strategy, but couldn't keep the charging Bottas at bay, who blasted past on the back straight with fresher tires and that magical dose of extra power the Mercedes engine can seemingly always tap into when it needs.

Hamilton was utterly dominant, as he has been so many times in front of his home crowd at the British Grand Prix in Silverstone.

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