Hakkinen told MTV3 that the present scenario could not be better for a driver where a team wants the driver. Especially if it’s a team (Mercedes) that has dominated Formula One grid, it’s a dream situation.
The ‘flying fin’ said he could imagine Bottas winning the championship.
Hakkinen said further that when a driver gets to the team which is on top of the mountain, and which can win championships and races, then it’s up to the driver to develop and to take wins and the championship title.
Bottas is the top candidate to replace from recently retired Nico Rosberg. Rosberg announced his retirement from the sport just five days after winning the 2016 world championship.
Rosberg’s ‘out of nowhere’ decision to step out has put team Mercedes on the spot. As many top drivers already have committed to other teams for the forthcoming season.
However, 2016’s 4th ranked team Williams, who rely on engines supplied by Mercedes are being persuaded to release Bottas. Further, it’s reported that Williams wants the entire £14 million cost of their 2017 engine supply to be deducted in exchange for releasing Bottas.
If the Finn does move on, Williams are set to bring back Felipe Massa from a brief retirement. Moreover, Massa will take over from Bottas as a teammate to rookie driver Lance Stroll.
If Mercedes can’t settle a deal with Williams to release Bottas, they may have to advance 2015 DTM champion Pascal Wehrlein.
Furthermore, Wehrlein spent last season competing with Manor Racing. Also, he secured a point for them with the tenth spot in the Austrian Grand Prix.
Mercedes’s three-time world champion Lewis Hamilton have said that he will happily drive against any driver the team brings in.
Here is a beautiful video which will enlighten you on Hamilton-Rosberg 2016 season: