Valtteri Bottas: Mercedes' new man looks to emulate Finnish heroes

Bottas: New cars, new driving style

That's the sensational view of David Coulthard, former Grand Prix legend himself and now Channel 4 commentator, who says: "It wouldn't take much for him to say, for want of a better word, f*** it?"

With the fastest and most reliable vehicle on the F1 grid, Bottas is expected to push his new teammate, three-time world champion Lewis Hamilton, throughout the 20-race calendar.

"We'll see how that pans out in Melbourne, because we still don't know about the fuel loads, weights or power settings of the other cars".

Mercedes chief Toto Wolff is pleased with the chemistry that he has witnessed between Hamilton and new driver Bottas as he knows the team can not afford another cold relation between their drivers.

"You only need to look back to 2009 to see how unpredictable Formula 1 can be, with Brawn winning the Championship after being on the brink of extinction".

Hamilton was denied a third consecutive Formula One title and fourth overall by the victory of team-mate Nico Rosberg last season.

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This season the sport has embraced a host of new aerodynamic regulations, which have increased downforce and mechanical grip.

"Lewis and Valtteri are in a great place".

"We have been very successful over the last three years through stable rules - but no team has ever maintained its success over such a big regulation change before", he added. Now we wait for the first races to see how they get along, what the gaps are and how everything develops.

"It's an exciting time for them because these new cars are a real physical challenge".

"It's a challenge we will take on with great motivation and energy".

"I think he will increase the performance from Lewis as they [Mercedes] are always testing and developing the vehicle and the feeling [of the car]".

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