Mika Hakkinen has come out in support of fellow Finn Valtteri Bottas as Mercedes search for a replacement for Nico Rosberg.
Rosberg surprised the Formula One world when he retired from the sport after winning the World Championship from Lewis Hamilton last year and Mercedes have been searching for a replacement ever since.
Their academy driver Pascal Wehrlein is not considered to be experienced enough for the job and Mercedes are expected to enter into an agreement with Williams over Bottas' current deal.
"The situation could not be better for a driver - a team wants you," Hakkinen told Finnish TV channel MTV3. "Especially if it’s a team that has dominated Formula One such as Mercedes, it’s a dream situation. I can imagine Bottas winning the championship."
The former double world champion continued: "When you get to the team which is on top of the mountain, and which is able to win championships and races, then it's up to you to develop, to take wins and the championship."