Today Autosport have reported that the current leader of the championship, Valteri Bottas, is to stay at Mercedes for 2021.
Coming of the back to back races in Austria, Autosport have said that sources have told them Mercedes and Bottas have agreed terms for him to stay with the team in 2021, however the Contract is yet to be signed.
The CEO of Mercedes, Ola Kallenius, has weighed in on this to German TV after visiting the the Austrian Grand Prix and saying "We'll stay with our two boys".
Now this has happened it will open up time for the team and Hamilton to "Hammer" out the details of his contract as the terms are still yet to be agreed. This will also no doubt give Bottas the fire needed in his belly to continue racing like he has been, knowing that he still has his seat with the team.
When he was asked about the potential to continue with the team before the GP he said,
"I really hope so.
"Obviously it's a very special season starting so late. So, the timing is not really relevant to other seats and we've only done one race. On the other hand there's no rush, but also yes, time will fly by quickly and as soon as we know it, it's going to be the end of the season. So yeah, hopefully we can do something with that and get that kind of out of my mind.
"As we've seen, if things drag on, it's never a benefit. So, we can learn from that. We'll be taking actions based on what I learned."
Toto was also asked before the race and he was still holding his cards close to his chest:
"You know that always when I tell you about timings, I keep hearing every single week 'why isn't it done? Why isn't it signed?'" he said.
"And that's why this year around, I wouldn't want to live comment about the status of our negotiations or discussions. They're happening. I don't know when we're going to announce."
So with another seat confirmed this has closed yet another door for 4 time World Champion Sebastien Vettel. What does the future hold for him now?