Non-Executive Director of Mercedes Niki Lauda was pleased with the win of Valtteri Bottas for the Russian Grand Prix.
For Finn this was his debut in the career of pilot F1.
Valtteri Bottas scored an unexpected victory at Sochi Autodrom
“Valtteri surprised me, because the first career victory was made in a difficult fight with Vettel – quoted AUTOSPORT.com Lauda. – He did a fantastic job.
I’ve never seen anyone under such pressure and managed to win my first race. It is better to speak he could not.”
Nicky believes that after the debut success in Sochi Bottas will be easier to fight for victory in the future.
“The first win is always the hardest – continued three-time world champion. – I know this from my own experience. I remember his first success. Then I called Emerson Fittipaldi and said, “congratulations. The next victory will be easier”.
I just said Valtteri same words. He proved capable of winning.”
Despite the fact that Finn celebrated his first victory, Lauda is in no hurry to begin negotiations with him on a new contract.
Recall that Mercedes have signed Bottas only for one season.
“Now our thoughts are only campaign-2017, – said Nicky. – I want the team to win the championship this year. And I don’t care who will win.
With regard to a couple of pilots for next season, we haven’t discussed it yet.
Valtteri did his job perfectly. This we expected from him. It is a great replacement Nico Rosberg”.
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