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Bottas to replace Rosberg at Mercedes

Williams drive a hard bargain following protracted negotiations with Mercedes

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Valtteri Bottas will take Nico Rosberg’s recently vacated Mercedes seat alongside Lewis Hamilton, following Rosberg’s decision to retire after winning last year’s world title. Bottas, 27, was Mercedes F1 boss Toto Wolff’s only serious candidate, and the deal was due to be finalised just after this issue of F1 Racing went to press.

So keen was Wolff to secure Bottas that Williams were able to push for a much better deal before releasing him from his contract. They will keep on Felipe Massa, who was due to retire from the sport, in place of Bottas.

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