Valtteri Bottas not surprised by length of Verstappen and Leclerc contracts!

24-01-2020 13:24
by Adam Newton
F1 News
Valtteri Bottas not surprised by length of Verstappen and Leclerc contracts!

Mercedes star Valtteri Bottas says that he is not suprised by Ferrari and Red Bull giving long contracts to Charles Leclerc and Max Verstappen respectively signing long-term deals. The two are tipped to be the future of F1 and have already had plenty of battles together at the front of the field.

Bottas has been signed on for a fourth year at Mercedes in 2020 after winning four races in 2019. The Finn threatened to push Lewis Hamilton for the title but couldn't keep up with the rapid pace of the Brit in the middle of the season.

He told Finnish publication Ilta Sanoma: “Everything is a little open after this year so maybe they wanted to make sure at least one driver was clear.

“As such, it does not surprise me. Both are young and have already shown their skills.

“The teams know that there is no risk in keeping them and they wanted to tie them in. It’s a good thing that can stabilises things in this year’s driver market turmoil.”

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