Rookie Mercedes, Valtteri Bottas admitted that feels the need to prove to others the correctness of the choice of the team, who invited him to the place of Nico Rosberg in 2017.
Former racer Williams was replaced in the “Silver arrows” of the world champion in 2016, unexpectedly retired at the beginning of December last year. The contract was signed only a year or so, as many believe, time to lose the Bottom is not, and he would have to start showing results.
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“It’s a great opportunity, but at the same time a serious challenge, – quotes AUTOSPORT Bottas. – Of course, there’s no doubt that I need to prove a lot of people and the team that I deserve this place.
But I look at the situation positively and believe that I have a great opportunity to fight for victory and hope, even for the title”.
He also added that he is not afraid to become a second room when Lewis Hamilton.
“I don’t think about it – continued Bottas. In Mercedes there is no division into first and second rooms, so everything is in my hands.
While I properly do their job, everything will be fine. I know I can do it”.
Bottas added that early in the season, expect serious competition from the Ferrari.
“It seems that Ferrari are very strong, – said Valtteri. It seems that they are well prepared. Their pace at the winter tests were quite good. Definitely we can expect a hard competition.
I think Ferrari have a good engine and chassis. I wonder how their car will look in Melbourne, and will deliver you if they have any updates.
In any case we are gearing up for a tough fight, especially early in the season. The pace finalization of the machines in the course of the year will be very high, so it is difficult to predict something. To judge the speed of a team will be possible only after the first five races.”
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