Bot­tas set to stay at Wil­liams for 2017

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Valt­teri Bot­tas is set to re­main with Wil­liams for 2017 with FIA For­mula 3 Euro­pean cham­pion Lance Stroll as his team-mate, MN un­der­stands.

Fin­nish ace Bot­tas had been linked with a move to Re­nault for next sea­son to part­ner Nico Hulken­berg, and was un­der­stood to have held talks with the French man­u­fac­turer. How­ever, sources close to the Wil­liams team say Bot­tas has opted for a sixth term at Grove.

Bot­tas be­gan his F1 ca­reer at Wil­liams as a test driver in 2012, and has con­tested 73 races with the team since, scor­ing nine podium fin­ishes.

Bot­tas is set to be part­nered by Cana­dian racer Stroll, who can­tered to this year’s Euro F3 crown and will re­place Fe­lipe Massa. Both driv­ers are ex­pected to be con­firmed next month.

An­other gap in the F1 silly sea­son was plugged in Austin with Red Bull con­firm­ing that Daniil Kvyat will stay at Toro Rosso in 2017 along­side Car­los Sainz Jr.

Kvyat’s fu­ture had been un­clear fol­low­ing his de­mo­tion from Red Bull to Toro Rosso ear­lier this year. The Rus­sian said: “I had a bit of a drop down in per­for­mance this year, at that point it looked like I wouldn’t be in [Toro Rosso] next year. But I man­aged to get things to­gether and I’ve had a few im­por­tant races.”

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