Bottas set to stay at Mercedes

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Mercedes' Finnish driver Valtteri Bottas. AFP

SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, Belgium (Reuters) – Finnish Formula One driver Valtteri Bottas is set to stay at champions Mercedes next season with only small details remaining to be signed off, according to team boss Toto Wolff.

“It’s a no-brainer as it stands for next year to continue with Valtteri,” the Austrian told reporters at the Belgian Grand Prix after Ferrari confirmed Sebastian Vettel had signed a three-year contract extension.

That news ended speculation that the German, who would have been out of contract at the end of the season, could switch to Mercedes.

“It’s just down to the nitty-gritty details and the paperwork and see how it pans out in the future,” said Wolff of Bottas’s situation. “There’s a pretty big chance he will be here next year.”

Bottas arrived at the Formula One champions in January as a replacement for 2016 world champion Nico Rosberg, who had stunned the sport by announcing his sudden retirement in December.

Bottas, who had management links with Wolff when he was at Williams, has settled in well at Mercedes and has won two of his first 11 races with the team.

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