Former Williams driver Valtteri Bottas, of Finland, who is joining Mercedes.
Former Williams driver Valtteri Bottas, of Finland, who is joining Mercedes. Rob Griffith

Bottas ready to work with British star Hamilton

MOTORSPORT: Valtteri Bottas says he is looking forward to a good partnership with Lewis Hamilton after being chosen to replace retired world Formula One champion Nico Rosberg at Mercedes.

The 27-year-old has moved from Williams and becomes just the fourth driver to compete for Mercedes in F1 since its return to the sport in 2010, following Nico Rosberg, Hamilton and Michael Schumacher.

"It's very exciting times for me,” said Bottas, whose best F1 results so far are two second places, at the British and German grands prix in 2014.

"I think it's going to take a while to understand that this is really happening.

"It's definitely another dream come true, to race in another team with such great history - especially in the recent years, which have been so impressive.

"I think with Lewis we are going to be a strong pair together. I really respect him as a driver and a person.

"I'm sure we are going to be close, and we're going to be both pushing each forward. I'm sure we can work as a team.”

Bottas's switch to Mercedes means a change at Williams too, with Brazilian Felipe Massa coming out of retirement to replace the Finn.

Bottas has signed a one-year deal at Mercedes with the option for more, while Rosberg moves into an ambassadorial role.



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