Valtteri Bottas has been confirmed to join Mercedes for the 2017 F1 world championship after agreeing a deal to leave Williams and become Nico Rosberg’s replacement.

The Finnish driver became the preferred candidate for Mercedes to fill the gap left by 2016 world champion Rosberg, who announced his retirement from the sport just days after clinching the title, and the defending world champions have secured a deal with Williams for 2017.

Having been initially announced as part of Williams’ 2017 driver line-up alongside rookie Lance Stroll, Bottas will now  be the team-mate of  the three time F1 world champion, Lewis  Hamilton and take on a title contender at Mercedes.

Reacting to the official announcement in a speech to the Mercedes factory in Brackley, Bottas is thrilled to be joining the triple world champions and wants to  solely focused on winning races.

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