Valtteri Bottas has “exceeded” our expectations – Toto Wolff

Toto Wolff has praised Valtteri Bottas’ efforts in the 2017 Formula 1 season ahead of the 2017 Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

Valtteri Bottas has “exceeded” the expectations set by Mercedes after seven rounds of the 2017 Formula 1 season, according to Head of Mercedes AMG Motorsport Toto Wolff.

Having already achieved his maiden pole position and race victory, Wolff said ahead of this weekend’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix, “You would never think he joined the team very last minute over the winter and, after, seven Grands Prix, he has exceeded even our expectations.”

Bottas joined the World Champion team from Williams in the 2017 pre-season after Nico Rosberg’s shock retirement just days after winning the 2016 World Drivers Championship.

And, despite strong performances in his four seasons at Williams, Bottas arrived at Mercedes with no race wins or pole positions to his name.

But he needed no time to get on the pace; Bottas took his first pole position and race victory within the first four rounds of the 2017 season.

Bottas sits with his winners trophy after taking his maiden victory at the thrilling Russian Grand Prix.

Despite this impressive performance, after seven races, Bottas is a whopping 36 points behind Lewis Hamilton in the Drivers World Championship.

Wolff is certainly forgiving of the gap though, conceding, “Lewis [Hamilton] is in the best place I have seen him during any of the last five years since he joined the team.”

His last word of advice to Bottas was, “For him, it’s now just about putting it all together every single weekend and I have no doubt he will do that.”


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Steven Walton is an 18-year-old Journalism Student at the Ara Institute of Canterbury. He previously attended St Andrew's College in Christchurch, where he excelled at History and Classical Studies. Steven is the Editor-in-Chief at Green Flag F1 and spends most of his days living, breathing, and immersing in the Formula 1 world.

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