Toto Wolff no longer a part of Valtteri Bottas' management team


Mercedes boss Toto Wolff is no longer part of Valtteri Bottas' personal management after the Finnish driver signed a deal to race for the team this year.

Along with two-time champion Mika Hakkinen and driver manager Didier Coton, Wolff invested in Bottas' career at an early stage, but said Monday's announcement meant he would no longer be involved in the Finn's personal affairs.

"It would be a conflict of interest to be involved in the management of a driver and equally being his boss and running the team," he told Sky Sports. "It's something we agreed a long time ago that there wouldn't be a driver that I'm looking after driving in any Mercedes racing car. And that's what's happening."

Bottas was signed by Mercedes to replace Nico Rosberg, who announced his retirement at the end of last year after winning his first world title. Rosberg's contract ran through to the end of 2018, but with several contracts ending at the end of 2017 -- and possible options on Mercedes junior drivers Pascal Wehrlein and Esteban Ocon -- Wolff would not confirm the length of Bottas' contract.

"We have a couple of options," he said. "We were obviously caught on the back foot with Nico's decision to retire and we have some great junior drivers with Pascal and Esteban coming up the ranks, but they need a little more time and for us it was key to keep the options open. Valtteri is very aware of that and he needs to just perform and be quick and then the future can be his."