The Silly Season”of Formula 1 went into an unexpected extension in winter 2016/17, when Nico Rosberg resigned completely surprisingly after winning the World Championship. Just when all the seats seemed to be allocated, suddenly everything was open again.
Toto Wolff’s phone was still not silent during the FIA award ceremony. Pretty much everyone from the Formula One Camp and plenty of drivers from outside rang the bell to the Mercedes boss, who eventually opted for Valtteri Bottas.
But Mercedes also could not use himself completely free, Christian Horner at the edge of the Formula One test runs on the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. Niki Lauda has asked us a question. But the phone call was very short,”he laughs. The Red Bull drivers Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen were therefore not surprisingly high on the Mercedes team’s wish list. In particular, with his researched disrespect and basic speed, Verstappen is considered the future world champion.
Horner wants to keep Duo
“I am very satisfied with our pair of drivers,” the Red Bull team leader makes clear. A message also to other teams: You don’t have to try to make an obligation of understanding or Ricciardo. The Toro-Rosso pilots will also take note of the words.
Horner is also sure that Mercedes made the right choice with the commitment of Valtteri Bottas: “A loss for Williams, a gain for Mercedes. He is a fast driver and was very competitive in the lower categories of formulas.”Bottas was archrival of Daniel Ricciardo in the formula Renault in the 2008’s. The Finnish kept the upper hand in the title fight against the Australian at that time.