Wolff: The balance between Valtteri and Lewis works

Mercedes motorsport boss Toto Wolff believes that the team’s new signing Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton have all the ingredients for a successful partnership ahead of the 2017 Formula 1 season

In a video interview (above) posted on the Mercedes F1 website, Wolff said, “I think the balance between Valtteri and Lewis works. They’re two very different personalities. For us, it was important to fill Nico’s shoes. Nico had a certain role within the team and Valtteri pretty much fits into that.”

“We believe that the interaction and dynamics will work well. They respect each other. So far from what I’ve seen, Valtteri has settled in well,” revealed Wolff.

It was a torrid ‘off-season’ for the Mercedes team in the wake of Nico Rosberg’s sudden retirement and what transpired to have Bottas released from Williams.

Wolff recalled, “There was not really time to relax and recharge the batteries! The phone is one thing but there were many decisions that needed to be taken, and assessments to be made. Paddy going was another one.”

“To make the team stronger, you need to be careful evaluating which steps we take. This is why every day is important,” added Wolff.