Since arriving at Mercedes as successor to Nico Rosberg, who took a surprise retirement at the end of 2016, Bottas has been renewed every year for another year. He believes that this situation had an effect on him in the 2019 title race. "There was certainly uncertainty for 2020 at some point, a lot of rumors, I had no idea what was going to happen, I just had to wait."
"As an athlete, as a pilot, it's not an ideal situation, you can not totally be at peace, you can concentrate on work, and you feel mentally free and comfortable. When it goes on, year after year, every year of your career, at some point it gets boring, it's definitely a nice thing to have the contract signed, but it's going to be the same story next year. I'm not too worried right now because the pace is good, I enjoy driving, I enjoy working with the team and I hope they enjoy too. "
In 2020, the contract of Bottas but also that of the six-times World Champion Lewis Hamilton will come to an end. Other drivers, such as Sebastian Vettel, Max Verstappen or Daniel Ricciardo will also be on the market. "With Valtteri, there was a better way to handle that"acknowledged Toto Wolff. "Today, with hindsight, you can say that it probably had an effect."
"And I'm going to try to take that into account, and do a better job from that point of view, I think that in 2021, the door will be wide open, no pilot is tied to any team, it's great exciting and I imagine that the carousel pilots will start very quickly. "