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Wehrlein: It was Bottas or me for Mercedes

Pascal Wehrlein has reflected on what he claims was a straight fight between he and Valtteri Bottas for a Mercedes seat after Nico Rosberg retired. Mercedes had to find a replacement for Rosberg after his sudden departure from Formula 1 straight after capturing the World Championship title in late November 2016. That left three months to find a new team-mate for Lewis Hamilton and integrate them before the start of pre-season testing, with Wehrlein a contender having been a Mercedes reserve driver, won the 2015 DTM series for them and shown promise in one full year of F1 racing with Manor. But ultimately, Mercedes boss Toto Wolff chose to lure Bottas from Williams and the rest is history,...
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