Valtteri Bottas will stay with Williams in F1 for 2017
October 23 2016 , 12:00 am
Valtteri Bottas will remain at Williams for the 2017 Formula 1 season, I’m F1 Fan understands.
Bottas was among those to have held talks with Renault, as a potential team-mate to Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez 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.
It means Bottas will be with the team for a sixth successive season in F1 after starting out as a test driver in 2012 before 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.
This season has been tougher for both Williams – which has slipped to fifth in the constructors’ championship and is in a big fight with Force India for the forth spot, which has been the best team that has made improvement after improvements to its package this year, despite Williams having a more large budget.