Valtteri Bottas has been retained by Mercedes for 2021.
The Finnish driver heads into this weekend’s 70th Anniversary Grand Prix at Silverstone 30 points adrift of team-mate Lewis Hamilton in the World Championship.
Next season will mark Bottas’ fifth campaign with the Silver Arrows.
Hamilton’s future beyond this year is yet to be confirmed but it is expected the six-time World Champion will also stay with Mercedes.
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— Mercedes-AMG F1 (@MercedesAMGF1) August 6, 2020
Bottas, who won the opening round of the season in Austria, said: “I’m very happy to stay with Mercedes in 2021 and build on the success we’ve enjoyed together already.
“The past few years have been all about continuous improvement, working on every aspect of my performance.
“I’m confident that today I’m the strongest I’ve ever been, but I can always raise the bar.
“Ever since I fell in love with F1 as a kid it’s been my dream to one day become world champion.
“I’m in the fight for the title this year and staying with Mercedes puts me in the best possible position to compete for it next season as well.”
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