New Bottas deal ‘almost a no-brainer’

“There are some opportunities and after Budapest, l will contemplate what is right and wrong for the team.”

The likes of Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen are both out of contract at the end of the season, while the issue of Fernando Alonso’s future also needs to be resolved.

However, Lewis Hamilton, whose current Mercedes expires in 2019, is happy with what Bottas has brought to the team since his off-season switch from Williams.

“Having Valtteri on board has brought a lot of positivity to the team and dispelled a lot of negativity we had before,” Hamilton said.