Bottas will fill reigning champion Nico Rosberg’s seat
Nico Rosberg’s replacement moves from Williams with five seasons and nine podiums under his belt
The 27-year-old Fin fills the space left by Nico Rosberg, who retired after winning his first title in 2016, and departs Williams after five seasons where he secured nine podiums.
“It is going to be mega to drive a Silver Arrow,” said Bottas during the announcement at Mercedes’ Brackley factory. “I’m prepared to work as long as it takes to get everything out of the car. I’m still missing my first win so that’s going to be my first mission.”
Bottas joins F1’s current F1 Constructors’ Championship winning team after it clinched its third consecutive title. Despite the long list of regulation changes for 2017, the German-owned and UK-based outfit is still a firm favourite for the title. It will reveal its new racer on the 23 February.
“With Lewis we’ll be a strong pairing,” continued Bottas. “I’m sure we are going to be very close and be pushing each other forward. I’m sure we can work together and have a good experience to race flat out and fair together.”
Williams will fill Bottas’s vacant seat with Felipe Massa, who actually raced at the team last year but retired after his 250th and final race last year. Williams convinced him to return for 2017 following Bottas’s departure. He will race alongside 18-year-old rookie Lance Stroll.