No tension between Hamilton-Bottas yet
Honda F1 website
Honda website

MARCH 16, 2017

No tension between Hamilton-Bottas yet

Niki Lauda says he has been impressed with how Valtteri Bottas is getting up to speed at Mercedes.

Recently, comments attributed to the Mercedes team chairman indicated the Finn is struggling to match the pace set by his teammate Lewis Hamilton.

But Lauda told the Austrian broadcaster ORF that he is in fact happy with Nico Rosberg's successor.

"My first impression is very good," said the F1 legend.

"He is a Finn so he doesn't talk much, but he works hard to get used to the team. I'm impressed how quickly he could get used to the car," Lauda added.

And so far, there is no sign of the kind of tension that characterised the relationship between Hamilton and the now-departed Rosberg.

"Now, at the beginning, everything is simple," said Lauda. "Lewis has everything in his hands and Bottas is getting used to the team.

"Now we wait for the first races to see how they get along, what the gaps are and how everything develops. We don't know this yet," he admitted.

(GMM)

Other stories for MARCH 16, 2017

VETTEL CAN BE STRONGEST IN 2017 SAYS RICCIARDO

AZERBAIJAN HITS BACK AT LIBERTY OVER GP JIBE

VETTEL ADMITS AIMING FOR 2017 TITLE

ROSBERG NOT RULING OUT RETURN AS F1 BOSS

KVYAT COULD NOT PUSH RICCIARDO SAYS MARKO

BUDGET CAPS A POSSIBILITY FOR F1 SAYS BRAWN

WOLFF APPLAUDS F1 SOCIAL MEDIA CHANGES

NO TENSION BETWEEN HAMILTON-BOTTAS YET