As why was this even a topic of discussion this year?
By now, Y'all know that Mercedes has wisely decided to give Valtteri Bottas a one year contract extension, thru the 2018 season, for which I've wondered for months why they wouldn't keep the likeable Finn? Uhm, like he's won two races so far, prior to Singapore, etc.
Obviously Mercedes is doing this to keep its options open for 2019, when both of Red Bull's current drivers will be available, as Ferrari will also have Kimi's seat available, as The Brat! Max Dutchboy' Verstappen, or more likely his Poppa Joss is salivating over a possible bidding war? But who knows 'bout 2019 yet, Eh?