Valtteri Bottas says he wants to sign a two-year deal with Mercedes if they opt to keep him on the team beyond this season. Bottas has been offered one-year deals since joining the Silver Arrows, but he believes his performances warrant greater security.
Although a mid-season dip took him out of the title fight in his debut season at Mercedes, he finished third in the championship behind Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel, taking three victories across the year.
Yet to win in 2018, Bottas has seen chances slip through his fingers in Bahrain, China and Azerbaijan, although he was arguably not at fault each time.
Having outperformed Hamilton at a couple of events already this year, Bottas now wants the chance to prove his championship credentials long-term.
"I would like to stay with this team, hopefully for a long time," he told Motorsport.
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