Cape Town – Valtteri Bottas is hoping he can continue being team-mates
with Lewis Hamilton after he “clicked well” with him in their first
Both Mercedes drivers are out of contract at the end of the
2018 season, with Hamilton’s new deal said to be close to being announced while
Bottas will have to earn a new contract.
But Bottas is wanting to keep the dynamic with Hamilton as
he is a driver that gives him the ultimate test.
“For me it’s good for Lewis to continue,” Bottas
“I clicked well with him, and he’s a quick driver and a
“The best contract argument [for me] is to win as many races
Bottas has also been getting to grips with the new Mercedes
car, and believes the team have delivered something even better than the W08.
“I have been in the factory a couple of times and worked on
the simulator,” Bottas added. “The team has done well.
“It always depends on what the other teams have done as
well, but we believe that our car is better than last year
“There is one goal for the season: to fight for the
championship. I know all the people now and how it all works.”