Lewis Hamilton has given a ‘thumbs up’, to new Mercedes recruit Valtteri Bottas, according to silver arrows boss Toto Wolff.
The flying Finn put pen to paper this week after the mighty Merc squad, cut a deal with Williams for the drivers services.
Wolff said: “Lewis said he thought Valtteri was a nice guy.
“One of the guys he actually got along with well in Formula 1 and he felt he was a good option.”
Wolff, who spoke to Finnish commentator Oskari Saari for a podcast, even thinks that the garage can be a happier place this season. Tensions were often high between the triple champ and former driver Nico Rosberg.
“I think that works well,” he added. “It was OK already between Nico and Lewis, but there was the luggage of the past… Now it is a completely new relationship and there is no animosity.
“There will be moments where it is going to be difficult, but I think that how the personalities are for the team it’s going to be a good situation and one that is maybe a bit easier to handle than the past. But I could be wrong.”
Focus then shifted onto the subject of Valtteri’s contract, after the team confirmed the deal was infact for one season with the option for 2018.
Vettel and Alonso are known to be out of contract for 2018, a mouthwatering prospect if Mercedes choose one of those options.
“We wouldn’t have chosen Valtteri if we thought that he was not good enough to continue with the team,” said Wolff.
“But, as a matter of fact, the market is very dynamic at the moment. Next year options open – young drivers, Sebastian, Fernando, Valtteri, many of them. So it is about understanding that – and Valtteri does.
“Equally we have great faith and confidence in him that he can stay with us for a long time, but now we need to see how the season goes.”
Either way, the opportunity was too good to turn down for Bottas. Whom many believe is quick enough to get amongst it with his new team mate.