Valtteri Bottas will stay with Williams in F1 for 2017

Valtteri Bottas will remain at Williams for the 2017 Formula 1 season, Autosport understands

Valtteri Bottas will stay with Williams in F1 for 2017

Although Bottas was among those to have held talks with Renault, as a potential team-mate to Nico Hulkenberg in the wake of the German's move from Force India, the Finn has opted for one more year with Williams.

Bottas and recently-crowned European F3 champion Lance Stroll will form the Grove team's partnership in 2017, with confirmation of the pairing understood to be announced early next month.

It means Bottas will be with the team for a sixth successive season in F1 after starting out as a test driver in 2012 prior to his promotion to a race seat the following year.

The 27-year-old Finn has yet to win in his 73 starts with the team, although he has stood on the podium on nine occasions, including back-to-back second places in 2014 at Silverstone and Hockenheim.

Deputy team principal Claire Williams recently told Autosport she would be disappointed if Bottas's maiden win came with any other team.

This season has been tougher for both Williams - which has slipped to fifth in the constructors' championship - and Bottas, although he has still outscored retiring team-mate Felipe Massa by 37 points so far this season.

shares
comments
Daniel Ricciardo eyes F1 startline advantage over Mercedes drivers

Previous article

Daniel Ricciardo eyes F1 startline advantage over Mercedes drivers

Next article

Jenson Button says McLaren 'messed up' in US Grand Prix qualifying

Jenson Button says McLaren 'messed up' in US Grand Prix qualifying
Load comments
The unexpected benefit of F1’s sprint race repeat Plus

The unexpected benefit of F1’s sprint race repeat

OPINION: Formula 1's sprint race trial at Silverstone drew mixed feedback on Saturday, but there remained the true test of how it would impact Sunday's Grand Prix. While fans were busy marvelling at Fernando Alonso's progress, a key lesson was being learned that would directly contribute to the dramatic lap one clash at Copse the following day

Formula 1
Jul 22, 2021
The off-track considerations that led to F1’s Hamilton/Verstappen Silverstone shunt Plus

The off-track considerations that led to F1’s Hamilton/Verstappen Silverstone shunt

OPINION: Formula 1’s 2021 title fight turned ugly last weekend when Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton collided at the start of the British Grand Prix. Verstappen thankfully walked away unharmed, but this had been a clash long-since coming

Formula 1
Jul 21, 2021
Will 2022's all-new cars look like F1's concept model? Plus

Will 2022's all-new cars look like F1's concept model?

Formula 1 provided its clearest example yet of what the 2022 cars are set to look like when it presented a full-scale concept to the world during the build-up to last weekend’s British Grand Prix. Underneath the special shiny livery was a design that hinted at the future, but teams will be digging into key areas that may reap differing results

Formula 1
Jul 20, 2021
British Grand Prix Driver Ratings Plus

British Grand Prix Driver Ratings

The 2021 British Grand Prix will live long in the memory for the dramatic clash between Formula 1's two title protagonists, which opened the door for other drivers to capitalise. One did so in spectacular fashion, while others fluffed their lines

Formula 1
Jul 19, 2021
How Leclerc almost defied Hamilton after F1 title rivals’ Silverstone clash Plus

How Leclerc almost defied Hamilton after F1 title rivals’ Silverstone clash

A poor start for Valtteri Bottas and the lap one clash between Formula 1's 2021 title protagonists gave Charles Leclerc a surprise lead in the British Grand Prix that he almost held to the end. Here's how the Ferrari driver came close to a famous victory, ultimately denied by a recovering Lewis Hamilton three laps from home

Formula 1
Jul 19, 2021
The signs that suggest Mercedes can win the Silverstone F1 race Plus

The signs that suggest Mercedes can win the Silverstone F1 race

Red Bull and Max Verstappen scored an early blow against Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes at Silverstone, with sprint qualifying race victory. But that doesn’t mean Sunday’s grand prix is a foregone conclusion. Although Verstappen starts as the favourite, here’s why Mercedes still holds hope of winning

Formula 1
Jul 18, 2021
Uncovering Silverstone's engineering secrets for F1 success Plus

Uncovering Silverstone's engineering secrets for F1 success

Formula 1 returns to Silverstone this weekend, but despite its familiarity to all the teams it is no picnic. Here are five of the key points for engineers to consider prior to the British Grand Prix

Formula 1
Jul 16, 2021
The changing faces of F1’s British GP conquerors Plus

The changing faces of F1’s British GP conquerors

The British Grand Prix is where the world championship began in 1950. STUART CODLING looks at six of Formula 1's era-defining cars which have all scored memorable victories in its original race

Formula 1
Jul 15, 2021