Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas will race for the Silver Arrows in 2017:
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- Valtteri Bottas becomes the 11th driver to compete in Formula One with the Silver Arrows
- Nico Rosberg accepts ambassadorial role with Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport
- Toto Wolff: “It’s time to see how Valtteri can step up to challenge for wins and Championships”
- Valtteri Bottas: “I’m grateful to Mercedes for trusting my skills and giving me this opportunity”
It’s been 45 days since Nico Rosberg dropped the bombshell of his immediate retirement from Formula One. And it left the team with a conundrum: how to best fill the vacant seat alongside three-time champion Lewis Hamilton in order to defend the Constructors’ Championship?
Following six weeks of detailed evaluation, deliberation and negotiation, the answer can now be confirmed officially: we signed Valtteri Bottas 2017 this morning. The 27-year-old native of Nastola, Finland has completed four seasons in Formula One with Williams, making 77 starts and scoring 9 career podiums so far.
— Valtteri Bottas (@ValtteriBottas) January 16, 2017
“Sometimes in life, unexpected circumstances provide interesting opportunities. Nico’s decision in December was a big surprise – certainly a challenging situation for the team to handle. But weathering the storm makes you more resilient and we see this as another opportunity for the team to grow,” explained Toto Wolff as he introduced the fourth driver to race for the Silver Arrows in the modern era.