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Lewis Hamilton has defended Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas, praising his team-mate’s resilience and mental toughness following another challenging season. The pair collaborated to fire the Silver Arrows to yet another Constructors Championship.
The season ended with speculation regarding Bottas’ future and there were doubts as to whether Toto Wolff would allow him to see out the rest of his Mercedes deal following George Russell’s rise to prominence. Hamilton, whose future still remains unresolved, has taken the chance to praise his colleague for his determination.
“When I talk about people need to give Valtteri his due respect,” Hamilton said. “I think you’ve got to remember who he’s driving up against; it’s not easy being my team-mate, you know?”
“But he comes in, a weekend in weekend out, with the same mentality, he’s never moaning, complaining that… something’s wrong with the car, it’s always ‘I’ve got to do a better job’, and I don’t know any driver that does that. I think that’s something we share in common: We come into this weekend with a fresh head, and I think mentally, he’s one of the strongest drivers here.”