Wolff: Bottas and Hamilton showing respect for each other so far


Mercedes boss Toto Wolff is confident Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas will work well together as teammates this season.

Bottas joins the team as Nico Rosberg's replacement after the reigning world champion decided to retire following his title success last year. The relationship between Hamilton and Rosberg proved difficult to manage at times over the last three years, but Wolff is confident he will have an easier time with Mercedes' new pairing.

"I think the balance between Lewis and Valtteri works," he said in a video on the team's website. "They are two very different personalities and for us it was important to fill Nico's shoes. Nico had a certain role in the team and Valtteri pretty much fits into that.

"We believe the interaction and dynamics between the two drivers is going to work well -- they respect each other and so far, from what I have seen, Valtteri has settled in well."

Wolff said he is looking forward to seeing how Formula One's new cars perform after revealing Mercedes' new W08, which was fired up for the first time last week and will be launched on February 23, looks "spectacular".

"I'm most excited to see how the new cars are going to go, because we expect them to be much faster, they look spectacular and it's going to be much more physical for the drivers."