Bottas Has Finally Been Confirmed As Rosberg's Mercedes Replacement - WTF1

Bottas Has Finally Been Confirmed As Rosberg’s Mercedes Replacement

Mercedes have finally announced that Valtteri Bottas will partner Lewis Hamilton at the team for the 2017 season.

Images of Bottas in Mercedes gear was leaked early on Reddit
Images of Bottas in Mercedes gear was leaked early on Reddit

It’s been one of the least well-kept secrets in F1 over the last few weeks, but Bottas’ move to Mercedes has finally been confirmed. Although Williams rejected initial offers by Mercedes it never really looked like Bottas wouldn’t be in a silver car in 2017.

Mercedes played up to the situation with some cheeky tweets about the other driver announcements, as first Wehrlein was confirmed with Sauber and then Massa with Williams.

You almost threw us with those clues for a moment there guys, we thought Mika Hakkinen was going to finally end his sabbatical and make a shock return.

2017 will be Bottas’ fifth season as an F1 driver and the first he’s spent outside of Williams. The 2010 GP3 champion turned heads when he qualified an incredible third in Canada during his first season and since then has put in a number of quality performances. He finished a strong 4th in the championship in 2014 and helped Williams to 3rd place in the constructors’ title in 2014 and 15.

He’s a talented driver, but how will he perform against Hamilton? The last Finnish driver to go up against him in the same team didn’t exactly fair too well…

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