Bottas pleased with progress in 2017 F1 seat talks

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Valtteri Bottas says he is pleased with how talks regarding a 2017 Formula 1 race seat are progressing despite remaining coy about who he could be racing for.

Bottas is out of contract with Williams at the end of the 2016 season, putting him in the mix for ‘silly season’ as a number of drivers are linked with moves.

Bottas’ teammate, Felipe Massa, announced over the Italian Grand Prix that he would be retiring from F1 at the end of the year, freeing up at least one seat with Williams.

Speaking to the official F1 website, Bottas said there was little to add regarding his future, but that things were moving along well.

“To be honest, I can’t say that much at this stage. These are all pretty confidential discussions with the teams,” Bottas said.

“Funnily enough, though, yes it takes time, but I am pretty pleased with how things are developing. But there is still nothing to be announced yet.

“Only when the team that I will be racing for is sure about both drivers, and so on and so forth.”

Bottas was asked whether his options boiled down to just Williams and Force India, to which he replied: “Not exactly, actually. But I can’t say more.”

Force India will retain Nico Hulkenberg for 2017, while Sergio Perez is widely expected to remain with the team despite being linked with a move to either Williams or Renault.

Williams is known to be weighing up a handful of drivers for at least one of its seats for 2017, presumably alongside Bottas, including rising F3 star Lance Stroll and current Sauber F1 driver Felipe Nasr.