Formula 1 world championship runner-up Valtteri Bottas says he will aim to make Mercedes’ decision regarding a contract renewal post-2020 a “no-brainer”.
Bottas comes off the back of his most successful F1 campaign to date, claiming four victories and five pole positions in 2019.
Renault-bound Esteban Ocon was a brief candidate for a Mercedes 2020 seat but the German manufacturer opted to retain Bottas’ services for a fourth successive season.
The Finn will once again be under the spotlight to preserve his future at the team, with several top-line driver’s contracts expiring at the end of the year.
“That’s my aim, for sure. Because I do enjoy working with this team. So I try to do that for sure,” Bottas said, as quoted by Motorsport.com.
“But I think it still could be interesting, even from my side, I’m also running out of contract next year. I’ll be keen to see if there’s any other opportunities and whatever.
“We’ll see next year and you never know what’s going to happen in six months time. Lots of things can happen, but it will be interesting.
“Obviously my aim is to make it a no-brainer decision for the team and hopefully more than one year on paper.”
Mercedes boss Toto Wolff confessed it needs to do a “better job” at handling Bottas’ contract situation having always agreed on a one-year deal.
On keeping his Mercedes drive, Bottas added: “You do want to be in a good position as you can. Now it’s time to perform well until, you know, all the talks start.
“It’s always part of F1 and normal in this sport, but I just need to keep doing what I’m doing now and keep enjoying it and getting those results.”