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Bottas set to extend Mercedes contract till 2018

Updated: Jul 18, 2017 14:15 IST      
Bottas set to extend Mercedes contract till 2018

Johannesburg [South Africa], July 18 (ANI): Finnish driver Valtteri Bottas is all set to sign a new one-year contract extension with Mercedes which will keep him with the team until the end of 2018 Formula One season.

Last year, the 27-year-old had signed a one-year deal to replace suddenly-retired Nico Rosberg as Lewis Hamilton's new teammate at Mercedes for the ongoing season.

And it seems that Mercedes want to keep him for the upcoming season as well, with team boss Toto Wolff declaring that he is really satisfied with Bottas' performance.

"I'm really satisfied with Valtteri. I think looking at his performance, it really is a no brainer. But it's not just about next year but also the years after. We have to put all the puzzle pieces together," Sport24 quoted Wolff as saying.

Although Wolff expressed confidence that Bottas would most probably continue with the team in 2018 season as well, he insisted that he would think about the same thoroughly after the Hungarian Grand Prix.

"After the race in Budapest I will think about it some more on the beach. I think yes, we are 90% ready," said Wolff when asked about Bottas' future with Mercedes.

Bottas, who made his full Formula One debut for Williams in 2013, is currently standing at the third position in the driver's championship while Hamilton is one place ahead of his Mercedes partner at the second spot after 10 races. (ANI)

Verstappen issues warning to Red Bull

Updated: Aug 22, 2017 21:41 IST     

Johannesburg [South Africa], Aug 22 (ANI): Red Bull driver Max Verstappen has threatened that he could leave the team by the end of next season if they fail to provide him with a competitive car.

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Mumbai [India], Aug.22 (ANI): Mauritius only had themselves to blame when several missed opportunities and a late conceded goal led to their game against St. Kitts & Nevis ending in a 1-1 draw in the second match of the Tri-nation International Football series here at the Mumbai Football Arena on Tuesday.

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Ashwin very much part of ODI team: India's bowling coach

Updated: Aug 22, 2017 21:39 IST     

Kandy [Sri Lanka], Aug 22 (ANI): India's bowling coach Bharat Arun on Tuesday quashed suggestions that off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin's one-day career is on the downswing, saying the latter remains a vital cog in the national squad.

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Glasgow [Scotland], Aug 22 (ANI): Rio Olympic silver-medallist PV Sindhu kicked off her campaign at the 2017 World Badminton Championships on a promising note as she trounced Korea's Kim Hyo Min in straight games in the women's singles event here on Tuesday.

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Karachi [Pakistan], Aug 22 (ANI): Either South African skipper Faf du Plessis or opener Hashim Amla will be handed the duty of leading the World XI squad, which will tour Pakistan for the three-match T20 series in September this year.

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Kimi Raikonnen extends stay at Ferrari till 2018

Updated: Aug 22, 2017 17:48 IST     

Johannesburg [South Africa], Aug 22 (ANI): Kimi Raikonnen has signed a new one-year extension deal with Ferrari that will keep him with the team until the end of the 2018 season.

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New Zealand's oldest cricketer Tom Pritchard passes away

Updated: Aug 22, 2017 17:13 IST     

Wellington [New Zealand], August 22 (ANI): New Zealand's oldest cricketer Tom Pritchard has passed away. He was 100.

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Paris [France], Aug 22 (ANI): Indian wrestler Gyanender Dahiya displayed a superior performance as he thrashed China's Libin Ding to storm into the pre-quarter finals of men's 55 kg category at the World Wrestling Championship in Paris on Tuesday.

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New Delhi [India], August 22 (ANI): Indian women footballer Oinam Bemdem Devi, who has been conferred with this year's Arjuna Award, says that she dedicates the prestigious award to every woman in the country.

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New Delhi [India], August 22 (ANI): The Sports Ministry on Tuesday announced the winners of the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, Arjuna, Dronacharya and Dhyan Chand awards.

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Jude Felix appointed Indian junior men's hockey coach

Updated: Aug 22, 2017 13:56 IST     

New Delhi [India], Aug 22 (ANI): Hockey India on Tuesday announced the appointment of former captain Jude Felix Sebastian as the new coach of the Indian junior men's hockey team.

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Want to play till 2019 Ashes:Stuart Broad

Updated: Aug 22, 2017 13:16 IST     

London [UK], August 22 (ANI): Pacer Stuart Broad, who recently surpassed Sir Ian Botham in the list of England's all-time Test wicket-takers, has said he wants to play till 2019 Ashes series.

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Mumbai (Maharashtra)[India], August 22 (ANI): St. Kitts and Nevis coach Jacques Passy has clarified that his team's 'priority is to win' when they clash with Mauritius and India in the ongoing Tri nation International Football Series.

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Bangladesh very much unbeatable at home: Shakib

Updated: Aug 22, 2017 10:57 IST     

London [UK], August 22 (ANI): As Bangladesh prepare to upset Australia in the two-Test series beginning Sunday, all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan believes that his team are very much "unbeatable" at home.

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Rooney becomes second to score 200 Premier League goals

Updated: Aug 22, 2017 10:23 IST     

Manchester [UK], August 22 (ANI): Everton striker Wayne Rooney has become just the second player to net 200 goals in the Premier League with his strike against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on Monday.

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Graeme Smith to start his coaching stint with Benoni Zalmi

Updated: Aug 22, 2017 09:52 IST     

Johannesburg [South Africa], August 22 (ANI): Former South Africa skipper Graeme Smith will begin his first stint as professional coach with T20 Global League franchise Benoni Zalmi.

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New York [US], August 22 (ANI): Two-time Grand Slam champion Victoria Azarenka will miss the US Open for the second year in a row as she is not allowed to take her baby son out of California amid a custody battle with her former partner.

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Glasgow [Scotland], August 21 (ANI): Ace Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth began his World Badminton Championships 2017 on a winning note, defeating Russia's Sergey Sirant in straight games in the opening roundon Monday.

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Gayle, Samuels included in Windies ODI squad for England

Updated: Aug 21, 2017 19:39 IST     

St. Antigua [West Indies], August 21 (ANI): West Indies batters Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels have been included in the 15-member ODI squad for the series in England.

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GST on sports equipment has hurt athletes: Abhinav Bindra

Updated: Aug 21, 2017 19:09 IST     

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], August 21 (ANI): Abhinav Bindra, India's lone individual Olympic gold medallist, on Monday said that the imposition of Goods and Services Tax (GST) on sports equipment has hurt the athletes.

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