Valtteri Bottas says staying at Williams became the logical decision after the opportunity of a race seat elsewhere disappeared when Kimi Raikkonen re-signed at Ferrari.

Bottas had been heavily linked with a switch to the Italian manufacturer with his fellow countryman Raikkonen rumoured to be on his way out, but after Ferrari announced it would retain the same driver line-up for 2016, remaining with Williams became a formality for Bottas.

The Finn says he's happy to maintain consistency by staying at the British team which he joined in 2012 as its test driver. With questions surrounding his F1 future now over Bottas is looking forward to pushing on with Williams.

"The team and I can focus on the job, delivering the results and making the car quicker," Bottas said. "Even though you don't think about it that much, when it's all confirmed and the name is on the paper it is done and you can focus on getting the maximum out of this year and the development for next year. We can share all the information without any doubts."

Bottas has refused to be drawn on whether he would have preferred a change of scenery at Ferrari but says with a lack of alternatives re-signing to Williams became a simple decision.

"I think for me it's the best place to be at this point," he explained. "Obviously not many seats are available anyway and for me it is natural to stay with the team. Continuity is good for the team and having the same team-mate in Felipe.

"It's the best option for me as well because there are no free seats anywhere else and it is feels very natural to stay. I started here as a test driver in 2010 and it's nice to have the continuity and together we have been getting better and hopefully there are better times in front of us."


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