As stated by a non-Executive Director of Mercedes Niki Lauda, the contract of Valtteri Bottas, with the team put an end to the turmoil caused by the departure of Nico Rosberg.
Almost immediately after winning the title, Rosberg announced his decision to finish career of the racer of F1, then Mercedes began to hastily look for a replacement.
Constant despite a lot of rumors about the negotiations of the Mercedes with a different driver in F1, many knew in advance that the main contender is Valtteri Bottas.
“The turmoil caused by the departure of Rosberg, it’s almost not — admitted Lauda in an interview with RTL. — Now I am calm because I know that Bottas will perform no worse than Rosberg.
We were looking for the driver who will fit our team. We have always been in the team two top-pilot, able to fight for the championship.
A great example of Nico and Lewis. They fought wheel to wheel. Sometimes one ahead, sometimes another. But over the last three years we won everything there was to win.
Bottas is the best option, and I’m sure it will be as fast as Nico.”
Lauda also added that the team, as before, will not interfere in the fight of their riders: “Both drivers can operate freely and attack as much as they want. In the Mercedes so it was to be.
We spoke to Lewis and told him that he will be on a par with Bottas. None of them have no objection in this regard so that we can start the upcoming season.”
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