Valtteri Bottas ready to challenge Lewis Hamilton for world championship

Though Hamilton describes Bottas as the best teammate he's ever had, that can soon change should the Finn prove to be stiffer competition than expected, far less get the better of the temperamental Briton.

Mercedes have won 51 of the last 59 grands prix en route to claiming three consecutive drivers' and constructors' championships during an unprecedented reign of dominance.

"The target with these new regulations was to make this generation of F1 cars the quickest in the history of the sport, and looking at the results from testing, we're well on the way to achieving that".

The German team does not deny that Nico Rosberg's successor, Valtteri Bottas, was given a mere one-year deal so that a bigger name might be signed up for 2018, but F1 legend Lauda does deny that the big plan is to lure German Vettel from Ferrari.

"That would be the ideal way to start the season and my career with Mercedes, but I'm not thinking about it too much".

"Mercedes do not have a number one, or a number two driver, so it is up to me to perform.

Mercedes has been winning for the last three years so it is kind of a dream come true for me to be in a team like this", The Daily Mail quoted Bottas as saying. "As long as I do my job so that my performance on track is at the level the vehicle should be, we're all good".

"So I think going against Lewis I am pretty excited about that".

"I think he is wounded because he lost previous year", Jordan said, as quoted by The Times. "He's a great reference - everyone knows exactly how good he is". I just fear the way testing is operated, as a team owner, I could do virtually anything. We know he's talented, Finnish and capable of answering questions in a nice, polite way but it would be great if we had friction between him and Lewis, ' said Coulthard. In testing we managed to work well together and there was a good team spirit.

"If we do our work perfectly and I do my job perfectly it's possible". "I see no reason why it should not continue like that", he added.

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