Cape Town - Valtteri Bottas has said he is "happy" to extend
his stay at Mercedes into a second year, but is already looking to put in the
performances to earn another deal.
The Finn sits third in the World Championship standings
after amassing 212 points and earning the first two wins of his career along
His performances and the way he adapted quickly to life at
Mercedes led to the Silver Arrows offering him a deal for the 2018 season, but
he is already looking to extend that further.
"I have to say I'm happy with this," Bottas told
Autosport about his new deal.
"I understand of course always the team's view on
things, and for sure the team also wants to have options open for the future.
"I understand 100%, but with this I am very happy. It's
still better than the original contract that I had.
"It's still as always before with my career in F1, it's
going to be completely down to me.
"If I perform well, there's going to be no problem, and
we can have a long future together.
"I believe in myself, I believe I'll continue to grow
as a driver and be a better driver.
"Even this season already, I was given this one-year
opportunity to make it for a second year, so that gives me confidence."
Bottas is 51 points behind team-mate and World Championship
leader Lewis Hamilton and 23 points behind second-placed Sebastian Vettel.