Valtteri Bottas Joins Mercedes for the 2017 season!

Valtteri Bottas joins the Mercedes team for 2017Valtteri Bottas joins the Mercedes team for 2017.

Valtteri Bottas has become Lewis Hamilton’s new team-mate at Mercedes for the 2017 F1 season.

The move that has been rumored ever since Nico Rosberg announced his retirement, also sees Felipe Massa come out of retirement to drive at Williams.

Bottas has signed a one-year deal and current world champion Nico Rosberg moves into an ambassadorial role.

Mercedes’ young driver Pascal Wehrlein was passed over in favour of Valtteri Bottas, but he now joins the Sauber team.

Nico Rosberg’s shock retirement was announced just five days after he won the world title. This posed a big problem for the Mercedes team having to find a new driver in such a short time. With most drivers already placed in teams for 2017 the options were limited.