Non-Executive Director of Mercedes Niki Lauda said that the performance of Valtteri of Bottas on the Grand Prix of Australia proves that the German team made the right decision by betting on Finn.
Valtteri finished third in the race in Melbourne, losing only to Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton.
“We chose the pilot we need,’ said Lauda in an interview with Sky Sports. He ran an error free race under tremendous pressure.
Bottas did a great job. The first race in the new car and immediately third. In addition, he was close to Lewis. It is unlikely that he could have done better.
I think the result Bottas is on par with how it was Rosberg. I don’t think that Valtteri would give way to Nico, if the world champion in 2016, played here [in Australia].
To do this in his first race in a new team in a new car worth it”.
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