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The "copy-paste" deal aiding a title protagonist's focus

The British Grand Prix tyre failure that dropped Valtteri Bottas from second to scoring no points dealt a major blow to his hopes of beating Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton to the 2020 title, but his new contract removes one major distraction

The annual story surrounding Valtteri Bottas' Mercedes future was put to bed early this year after the team confirmed on Thursday he would be staying put for 2021.

It is a will-they-won't-they saga that has cropped up around this time of year throughout Bottas' time at Mercedes, but has always offered the same resolution: another one-year contract.

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