Zanardi dubious over Bottas' chances


It's just another opinion in the Hamilton vs Bottas raging debate, but Alex Zanardi doubts Mercedes' new recruit has the chops to beat his fierce team mate.

Valtteri Bottas finds himself with a plum drive at Mercedes, one most drivers would kill for, but defying Hamilton will be a huge challenge for the Finn, let alone pulling off a 'Rosberg' and winning the world title.

"Hamilton has proved several times that he has an extra level compared to the others," Zanardi told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

"Rosberg managed to beat him, but that was about his extra qualities. Bottas is a very good driver, no question, but he's not a Nico."

Bottas himself has said that he has no inhibitions about going up against Lewis Hamilton, but Zanardi is unimpressed, and is looking elsewhere for a true challenge to materialise.

"For Lewis, this makes it all the easier for him to dominate the championship. Behind him I see better chances for Red Bull to chase Mercedes than Ferrari.

"I trust Daniel Ricciardo, and above all Max Verstappen, a lot," said Zanardi.

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