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Valtteri Bottas’ agent has refused to comment on speculation the Finn has now agreed a new contract beyond 2018.

There have been rumours Mercedes might replace him with Daniel Ricciardo or Esteban Ocon, but Finland’s Ilta Sanomat believes Bottas will definitely stay in 2019.

Citing a source, the newspaper said it believes the decision was actually made some time ago.

When asked about the report, Bottas’ agent Ville Ahtiainen answered: “I cannot comment.”

Bottas wants a two-year deal for 2019 and 2020

Bottas has admitted he would like a two-year deal if Mercedes extends his stay beyond 2018.

So far, the Finn has been on single-year contracts after he was signed at the eleventh hour to replace Nico Rosberg in 2017.

Team boss Toto Wolff said he has been happy with Bottas.

“Everyone expected miracles and he was good, and then he had a little slump. Now he has grown as a person and driver and adapted to the team very well, and you can see that the results are strengthening,” he told the C More broadcaster.

But that doesn’t mean Bottas will necessarily get a new contract, as drivers like Daniel Ricciardo and Esteban Ocon are linked with the seat.

“I’m not worried about it,” Bottas told Ilta Sanomat newspaper in Monaco.

“I’m just starting to talk to the team about the contract. If I continue like this there is no reason to worry.”

He admitted he would like a two-year deal for 2019 and 2020.

“Yes, it would be nice to know ahead of time what I am doing, even if it’s only a couple of years,” said Bottas. “Continuity is important.”

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