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Mercedes sets 2017 date to reveal Rosberg replacement

Mercedes won't reveal the identity of Nico Rosberg's replacement alongside Lewis Hamilton until 2017, the team has confirmed.
Mercedes AMG Petronas has confirmed it won't reveal who will replace Nico Rosberg in its title-winning F1 team until 2017.

The manufacturer has spent the last two weeks sourcing a replacement for Rosberg following the newly-crowned champion's shock decision to retire immediately after the winning the 2016 F1 title.0

Several drivers have been linked with the high profile drive alongside Lewis Hamilton, including Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel, but Valtteri Bottas has emerged as most likely target provided Mercedes can prise him from his Williams contract.

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With Toto Wolff admitting in the wake of Rosberg's sudden exit that time is of the essence to ensure it is fully prepared for the 2017 F1 season, though a decision could be made before the end of the year it will not be made formal until January 2017 at the earliest.

It is understood Mercedes' first approach for Bottas – which includes the caveat of a reduced bill for engines and the offer of Pascal Wehrlein to replace the Finn – was turned down, but negotiations are continuing.



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Yirmin

December 15, 2016 3:33 PM

richard: it looks as if it is going to be bottas, who is managed by....guess who.....yes toto. williams are asking massa to stay on for 2017! and they dont need three drivers........
Getting Massa to do another year would make a lot of sense if Bottas leaves because they need someone with experience. Which would be a bit funny as Massa would get to retire twice in back to back seasons... How often does that happen.

Tomco

December 15, 2016 3:29 PM

Prior to last season I would have even suggested Kvyat as a good choice but hes completely gone off the boil. Sainz would be my favourite but its almost certain to be Bottas who wont challenge Hamilton if his last 2 or 3 seasons are anything to go by. Mind you i dont particularly rate Rosberg and he wasnt that far off Hamilton.



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