Mercedes boss ends Sebastian Vettel rumours and says Hamilton and Bottas will extend deals
‘We’re staying with our two boys’: Mercedes boss pours cold water on Sebastian Vettel rumours as he insists Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas will extend their contracts into the 2021 Formula 1 season
Sebastian Vettel will be leaving Ferrari, leading to claims he might join MercedesThere had been suggestions that Valterri Bottas’ place would be under threat But Daimler CEO Ola Kallenius said Bottas and Lewis Hamilton would stay
Sebastian Vettel’s hopes of joining Mercedes suffered a blow after it was revealed Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas will have their deals extended into next season.
Ferrari recently announced that they would not be extending his contract ahead of the 2021 campaign, with Carlos Sainz Jr set to replace him, leading to suggestions he could join Mercedes.
That created hopes of him forming a dream team with British star Hamilton.
Sebastian Vettel’s hopes of joining Mercedes for the 2021 F1 season have suffered a blow
It has been revealed that Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas’ Mercedes deals will be extended
There were also hints that he could join McLaren, but Daniel Ricciardo has been confirmed alongside Lando Norris for next year.
Red Bull’s Christian Horner also made it clear that he would not be reuniting with Vettel.
As a result, it seemed as though Bottas would be facing a battle to stay at Mercedes – with Hamilton’s team one of few options left.
Bottas has struggled to keep up with Hamilton at Mercedes and team principal Toto Wolff suggested he would look at the four-time world champion ahead of the 2021 season.
Daimler CEO Ola Kallenius (right) said they would be sticking with their drivers next year
But Daimler CEO Ola Kallenius has now announced both Hamilton and Bottas will be given new deals.
‘We’re staying with our two boys,’ Kallenius told Sky. ‘I can understand that this is a very exciting thought for the German fans.
‘But with Lewis and Valtteri we already have two top drivers who perform at the highest level.
Bottas (centre) finished first at the first race of the Formula One season on Sunday in Austria
‘We saw it yesterday with Valtteri taking pole with a fantastic lap. We stand by the two drivers that we have now.’
Bottas won the first race of the significantly delayed 2020 F1 season at the Austrian Grand Prix on Sunday, having started on pole.
Only 11 drivers finished the race, with Vettel coming 10th and Hamilton finishing fourth.