Bottas replaces Rosberg at Mercedes, Massa returns

F1: Valtteri Bottas Joins Mercedes-AMG For 2017 Season; Succeeds Nico Rosberg
Why Mercedes picked Bottas
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18 January, 2017

Rosberg announced his immediate retirement just days after winning the 2016 world title, leaving Mercedes with the challenge of finding a new team-mate for Lewis Hamilton at short notice.

"Valtteri is a no-nonsense guy: down to earth, straightforward and very focused", said team boss Toto Wolff, who is also part of Bottas' management team. Claire Williams, the deputy team principal of Williams, said the negotiations have taken a little longer than expected but confirmed that the deal is nearly done. I think it's going to take a while to understand that this is really happening. He's so quick, he's a great reference for me.

Bottas needs advice on how to cope with life alongside Lewis Hamilton in the Mercedes deep end he could ask his wife, the Olympic swimmer Emilia Pikkarainen. It's not going to be easy for sure, so it's going to be interesting to follow'.

Valtteri Bottas meanwhile, has been "released" by the team, with Mercedes-AMG F1 annoucing that the Finn will partner Lewis Hamilton in 2017.

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Bottas, like most Finns, is apolitical, presenting with the sole motive to race, win and retreat, though Hamilton may occasionally test his resolve.

The day's announcements left tail-enders Manor, who are in administration and seeking a rescuer, as the only team with any potential driver vacancies for the season starting in Melbourne on March 26. Last year Nico won the title but I am ready for it. "I'm still missing my first win so that's going to be my first mission". Until now we always had two top drivers who could fight for the world championship. Not in the same way Nico and Lewis were, but Lewis wears his heart on his sleeve and is passionate and emotional as a driver and Valtteri is on the other end. "I'm sure we can work together and have a good experience to race flat out and fair together", Bottas added.

"Both drivers can push as hard as they want, as always". This has never changed at Mercedes and it will not change in the future'.


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