Yes, there hasn’t been a single Grand Prix run yet in 2017 and yes, it’s only been a few weeks since Valtteri Bottas has been formally confirmed as Nico Rosberg’s replacement at Mercedes AMG Petronas.
That said, it’s important to make a good first impression and Bottas has done so within the confines of his new team, Mercedes-Benz motorsport chief Toto Wolff said.
Bottas’ first few weeks with his new team will lay the groundwork for the start of his relationship with the team, which is just one year with options beyond 2017.
Wolff said in a video released by Mercedes on Tuesday that Bottas is doing just what’s being asked of him thus far.
“I think the balance between Valtteri and Lewis (Hamilton) works,” Wolff said.
“They’re two very different personalities. For us, it was important to fill Nico’s shoes. Nico had a certain role within the team and Valtteri pretty much fits into that.
“We believe that the interaction and dynamics will work well. They respect each other. So far from what I’ve seen, Valtteri has settled in well.”
Wolff attempted to reflect on the hectic offseason at Brackley and Brixworth, which has not only seen Rosberg ride off into the sunset, but also Paddy Lowe’s departure before his eventual arrival at Williams Martini Racing.
“There was not really time to relax and recharge the batteries!” Wolff admitted.
“The phone is one thing but there were many decisions that needed to be taken, and assessments to be made. Paddy going was another one.
“To make the team stronger, you need to be careful evaluating which steps we take. This is why every day is important.”
Wolff also touched on the new car progress, his thoughts on F1’s new owners Liberty Media Corporation, and other Mercedes-related motorsport topics. You can see the full video linked here.