18 Mar, 2017
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Horner: Bottas will give Hamilton a fight at Mercedes

Red Bull chief Christian Horner predicts Valtteri Bottas to be immediately on the pace against Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes.

Horner: Bottas will give Hamilton a fight at Mercedes
Horner: Bottas will give Hamilton a fight at Mercedes
Red Bull chief Christian Horner predicts Valtteri Bottas to be immediately on the pace compared to Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes and dismissed predictions the Finn would be 'just a number two' driver.

With Formula 1 gearing up for the 2017 season opener in Australia Bottas will make his competitive debut for Mercedes at Albert Park having replaced last year's world champion Nico Rosberg who retired from the sport just days after clinching his title.

With the majority of F1 drivers signed up for 2017, Mercedes were left in a tricky situation with a world title-contending race seat left vacant alongside Hamilton but were able to entice Bottas away from Williams with Felipe Massa completing to retirement U-turn to return to the Grove-based team.



Horner, who says Mercedes approached Red Bull about the availability of their drivers for 2017, predicts Bottas to be competitive from the off and the German manufacturer has gained an attribute despite the exit of the reigning F1 world champion.

“I think Valtteri Bottas was a good choice for Mercedes,” Horner said. “Williams's loss was Mercedes's gain. I am sure he'll be competitive as he has been very quick in the lower formulas so I wouldn't dismiss him to being just a number two just at the moment.”

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Horner also repeated his claims that Red Bull has the most exciting and potent driver line-up on the F1 2017 grid in Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo and made it clear none of Red Bull's drivers would be available to Mercedes this season.

“I'm very comfortable with our two drivers we've got and wouldn't want any others,” he said. “Niki [Lauda] likes to talk as well all know and he does a lot of talking. He made an enquiry but it was quite a short call.”

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3 Comments

  • richard 18 Mar, 2017 15:43:18
    valteri will give lulu a fight (and a fright!) until valteri is give the dreaded "save your brakes" or "cool down your car" message....................
  • titfortat 19 Mar, 2017 10:30:35
    Hamilton is the greatest driver on the grid atm, people like to whine on about his lifestyle... it's his choice, if you had millions and were famous and had every quote taken out of context and put up on a site, people would moan about you too... and probably more so since these people have PR to help them out.

    This is why I stopped follow F1 news for the most part years ago, I became aware of the media BS. If there is one good thing about Trump, I hope he can bring in laws to hold them accountable for what they report... that way they'll only focus on facts and not gossip.
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