The Mercedes AMG Formula 1 team still hasn’t decided if they want to keep the Finn driver for a sixth season or whether to have Williams' George Russell take his place for next year. They are expected to make an announcement on who will be Lewis Hamilton’s partner in the upcoming weeks, potentially even as soon as Monza next weekend.
The 9-time Grand Prix winner has always had one-year contracts throughout his journey with Mercedes after signing with them in 2017, where he was a late replacement following Nico Rosberg’s retirement. He had previously spent 4 years at Williams from 2013 to 2016.
Ahead of the Dutch Grand Prix, Bottas says that a multi-year contract starting from 2022 would be great to secure, as part of an exciting and challenging project.
“Yes, a multi-year contract would be nice,” he said.
“That’s something I've never had before in Formula 1. That could definitely give you a good, full commitment to the team not just that year, but knowing that the work continues.
“And it needs to be challenging. It needs to be exciting. It needs to be fun, in an atmosphere that I really enjoy working with.
“I think those are really the main things I'm looking for. But like I said earlier, I still have a good few years in Formula 1.
If the Finnish driver was to move, the expected team would be Alfa Romeo who has recently announced an empty seat due to Kimi Raikkonen’s decision to retire after the current season, and it was previously said that Alfa Romeo had Bottas on their shortlist for 2022 if he became available.
Antonio Giovinazzi is currently holding on to Alfa Romeo’s second seat, but his future with the team is unclear beyond this season.