The title-winning team has been in the loop after the unexpected retirement of Nico Rosberg, as all eyes were on them to see who will replace the champion for 2017. Just as the rumors predicted, Bottas signed a one-year contract with the silver arrows.

T minus 66 days, the clock is ticking for Valterri Bottas until the opening race. But it is already known that he works well under pressure so we expect nothing but the best this year. The 27-year-old Finn has already achieved nine podiums in his career so far, and these numbers are expected to rise once the season begins in Melbourne. Rosberg has accepted to be the “ambassador” of Mercedes, supporting and advising Bottas as he swaps to the new car.

Nico had the ultimate after race celebration at Amber Lounge Abu Dhabi in 2016, among another 14 F1 drivers including Bottas. Amber Lounge has a long tradition as “the place to be for all the F1 drivers and F1 lovers” and especially for hosting mind-blowing parties. Therefore, we’ll keep our fingers crossed for Bottas this season, and we cannot wait to cool him off with a post race champagne shower.

Ready, steady, LET THE FUN BEGIN!