The first Russian F1 pilot Vitaly Petrov voiced his opinion about the possible appearance of the racer Williams, Valtteri Bottas in the Mercedes team.
Initially it was assumed that the vacant seat at Mercedes after the retirement of Nico Rosberg is a protégé of the German producer Pascal Wehrlein.
But the team’s management apparently made a bid of Bottas. It is expected that in the near future, his transition from Williams will be finalized.
“Quite simply, the Mercedes decided not to risk the young pilots, – said Petrov in interview to the program “100% Speed” to “Sport FM”. – They had the option Pascal Wehrlein, with which we raced in the DTM.
Why not take the risk? Nobody knows. The fact that they chose Valtteri Bottas is a good option for the team. Valtteri has already had several seasons, showed the result.
It is not easy to deal with [Lewis] Hamilton, but will be new regulations, new car – this will level the playing field. If the machines remained the same, Bottas would have lost much, and so he had a good chance to be on the same level with Lewis.
The rules changed, Valtteri has a chance in this regard – it is unknown who it will fit. Once you begin the tests, we can talk more.”
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