Mercedes non-executive chairman Niki Lauda believes that Valtteri Bottas is the best man to fill the void left by world champion Nico Rosberg.

It was confirmed on Monday afternoon that the Finn will replace Nico Rosberg as Lewis Hamilton’s team mate in 2017 on a one year contract and speaking to RTL television on Tuesday, Lauda commented by saying:

Bottas is the best man (for the job). I believe that he can drive as fast as Nico. I believe he can win the world championship. We can start the season in a very calm and confident manner with the pair of them.

The Finn is in Geneva today (Tuesday) for his first official Mercedes engagement as he joins Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg at the team partner event.

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