Valterri Bottas has agreed a one year contract extension at Mercedes to remain at the team for the 2018 season.
When Bottas signed last year, he was only handed a 12 month contract, presumably because Mercedes wanted a fail-save clause in case the Finn struggled in the step up to the Silver Arrows.
In actual fact, the opposite has happened. Bottas has taken to Mercedes and front row racing like a duck to water. He's secured two wins - the first victories of his career - and sits third in the Drivers' Championship, 41 points behind his teammate Lewis Hamilton in first place.
The contract extension sets us up nicely for a driver merry-go-round next winter. As it stands, come the end of the 2018 season, Ferrari, Mercedes and Red Bull seats will all be up for grabs.
Ferrari will likely be looking for a Kimi Raikkonen replacement next summer, Mercedes may shift Bottas on, whilst Max Verstappen's contract at Red Bull will be coming to an end. The young Dutchman is very disillusioned at RB and Ferrari and Mercedes will surely be interest in recruiting the wonderkid. Likewise his team-mate, Daniel Ricciardo, has an admirer in the Scuderia.