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Hamilton reveals the best thing about having Bottas as a teammate at Mercedes

Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes and Great Britain with Valterri Bottas of Mercedes and Finland during the F1 Grand Prix of Turkey at Intercity Istanbul Park on November 15, 2020 in Istanbul, Turkey. (Photo by Peter Fox/Getty Images)

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Lewis Hamilton has opened up on his relationship with Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas. The British driver said that there are “no games” between the two.

Hamilton and Bottas sat down in an interview organised by Mercedes, and the two came up with some very pressing questions. One of those got Hamilton thinking, as Bottas asked: “What’s the best thing about being my teammate? No bulls***? Not too much chatting?”

The British driver replied: “If you’re putting words in my mouth, then there’s no BS! I don’t think there’s one specific thing that’s better than the other; I think it’s a combination of many things and it is a fact that there are no games between us,” continued the seven-time champion. “You’re a straight shooter. Because then it’s just down to our hard work. There are weekends we could do better, like in Austria [2020] for example, and we know we both just have to do a better job when the other comes out ahead on the weekend.”

Austria was the first race of the 2020 campaign, when Bottas won while Hamilton finished fourth. Team boss Wolff might not have been too happy with that, but Hamilton said the Mercedes chief was far more furious during the 2016 season in which he and Nico Rosberg collided in Belgium.

“The angriest I saw Toto, it would have been one of the times Nico and I crashed into each other…” said Hamilton. “Probably Barcelona’s probably the angriest he ever got.”

Bottas then asked: “Was he, like, fuming?”

Hamilton replied, laughing: “Yeah definitely saw bald patches he pulled out of his hair, had to get some turf and grow it back!”


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