Lewis Hamilton will be sticking around with Mercedes for the next two seasons, and Toto Wolff has stated he wants to sort out who will partner the Briton some time this summer.
The announcement ends speculation regarding the Briton's future, which has been sorted much earlier than his previous contract. Wolff stated that while today is about getting Hamilton's contract out of the way, a decision on whether Valtteri Bottas or George Russell will partner him will be made sooner rather than later.
"I think today is about Lewis and having that contract out of the way," Wolff told RacingNews365.com and other members of the media. "We always said we want to give it the next few races to gain more clarity.
"I'm happy Valtteri's racing in Austria was really good, and he needs to consolidate that. He's a known factor, and in the same way, we know the strengths and weaknesses of George.
"That decision is going to be made during the summer. Our first discussion is going to be with George and Valtteri and then hopefully we are sorted before the end of the season."
Hamilton's new contract bring some clarity to Mercedes' driver lineup, with Wolff stating Bottas and Russell are the only two options being considered.
"With Lewis we've been clear for awhile that we wanted to continue," Wolff added. "That was obvious for us.
"Now we can look at the second seat, it's between those two [drivers]. We value them both for their strengths and for what they can contribute to the team."