Bottas feels ready to challenge Hamilton

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"I'm not saying that was the case of Lewis, but we have seen that with Nico, a couple of years ago, his auto was not entirely reliable and I remember his vehicle failed in the last couple of races and in Singapore".

"What I like most about F1 is that it's a mechanical sport and it's not just about putting two riders on the track, it's about developing two good cars so that the drivers can get the best out of their talent".

"The competition has gone completely, sadly".

"I would tell him don't expect an easy ride, that's for sure!" "We've already had some nice, relaxed moments and who knows, I am open to having a better relationship with him again in the future", he said. "We should be able to race hard, fair, be professional and work well as a team and as a good pair of team-mates should do".

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Rosberg added: "I was massively passionate about my racing".

"Even fighting through those hard situations, that gives the awesome pleasure afterwards of having overcome those challenges".

"My passion was also very much related to these challenges and trying to be the best out there; trying to beat everybody else and be the best in the world".

The relationship between the pair dates back to their early karting days with Team MBM, when they were teammates in the Formula A karting championships.

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The scandal exacerbated falling support for Juan Carlos I, who abdicated in June 2014 and handed the crown to his son Felipe. Although they live in Lisbon, the couple and their four children were reported to be staying in Geneva.

A tense season for the team ended with Nico Rosberg edging Hamilton to the Formula One title in November.

As for the signing of Bottas, who was brought in to replace Nico Rosberg after the German announced his shock retirement five days after winning the 2016 title, Wolff says Mercedes were by no means assured of signing the Finn.

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