Wolff: Bottas ‘more impressive’ than expected


Wolff: Bottas ‘more impressive’ than expected

12:17 – Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says Valtteri Bottas’ results have been “even more impressive” than expected in 2017, following the confirmation that the Finn will stay with the team in 2018.

Bottas joined Mercedes in January as a replacement for retired World Champion Nico Rosberg and claimed his maiden pole in Bahrain, which he followed up with his first victory in Russia.

Bottas added a pole/win double in Austria and currently holds third position in the standings, 41 points behind team-mate and title leader Lewis Hamilton.

Wolff explained that it was a “no-brainer” to retain Bottas’ services for 2018, believing that the 28-year-old is still on an upwards trajectory with Mercedes.

“We gave Valtteri a big challenge this year: joining the team at the eleventh hour, stepping up to the forefront of F1 and pairing with the sport’s best driver as his team-mate,” said Wolff.

“With that in mind, his results have been probably even more impressive.

“There have been ups and downs – more ups, fewer downs – and some great highlights like his two race wins in Russian and Austria.

“Overall, the balance of his performances and his upward trajectory made it a no-brainer for us to continue with him into 2018.

“For our team, the bonus factors are the respect and sportsmanship that have grown between our two drivers.

“The chemistry and dynamic between Valtteri and Lewis work and are what we need to take the fight to our competitors.”

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