Three time Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton has confirmed that he has no say in who Mercedes selects as his 2017 team mate but contractually the Brackley based outfit must inform him who they have once there is a short-list of drivers.

On Thursday evening it looked more and more likely that Williams Martini Racing’s Valtteri Bottas was edging closer to Nico Rosberg’s vacant seat.

It has emerged that Williams are working with Felipe Massa on a deal to bring the Brazilian out of retirement which would allow Bottas to move to Brackley to join Hamilton. Speaking to Channel 4 F1, Hamilton stated:

It’s important who we have in the second car, it’s important for the team’s morale.

The Englishman who finished runner up in the championship to Nico Rosberg by five points said that to him it doesn’t matter who the team put in the second car along as they are as good as if not better than who was in the car before.

As Paddock Eye reported earlier today, it is expected that Mercedes Executive Director (Technical) Paddy Lowe will return to Williams in a management role next season, however the Englishman’s pending move to Grove is completely separate to any potential Bottas/Mercedes agreement.

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