Valtteri Bottas is now confirmed as the Mercedes team-mate for Lewis Hamilton as the Finn will be joining the world champions from Williams.
The Finn was revealed at the Brackley HQ of the team which happened to be the same afternoon Williams confirmed that Felipe Massa had truly come out of retirement in replacement of Finn in their line-up.
Despite this announcement ahead of 2017, Mercedes did not disclose the length of Bottas’s contract. As Mercedes revealed Bottas as a team member, he said;
“We did the contract today and obviously I’ve been dreaming for a long time to drive for a team like this, a team of champions”. So I’m really proud to be part of this and proud of what you’ve achieved in the last few years but also in the whole history of Formula 1. It’s mega to be driving a Silver Arrow myself this year.”
He stated how eager he was to start working with them and that there was enough time until testing to sort everything out. He aimed to win all possible points available in his first race.
Bottas will become Hamilton’s second team-mate at Mercedes and even The Finn is looking forward to working with the triple world champion.
The Finn believes they can be a strong pair working together. He expressed his great respect for Hamilton and is very sure the two of them would really make a great team. Also, he stated how sure he was that the two of them will push one another to be better.
Toto Wolff, Mercedes chief, has been a link between the company and The Finn’s management but had confirmed that he had stepped down from playing that role.
Wolff believes Bottas’ arrival would cause a new dynamic after the fractious Hamilton-Rosberg partnership which lasted four seasons.