Bottas expecting to stay ‘mates’ with Hamilton

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Bottas expecting to stay ‘mates’ with Hamilton

Valtteri Bottas has opened up on his enduring “friendship” with Lewis Hamilton, despite the fact that they’re now not team-mates.

The duo helped Mercedes to 5 of their eight consecutive Constructors’ titles, giving the Finn a 100% file in that division earlier than he moved on on the finish of 2021.

Now with Alfa Romeo, Bottas has made an encouraging begin in his quest to push his new workforce up the order, definitely when it comes to the race tempo the C42 automotive has been capable of produce.

He and Hamilton spoke in glowing phrases concerning the different, notably in the direction of the tip of their Mercedes affiliation. Hamilton stated Bottas was “the perfect team-mate within the historical past of this sport”, his then colleague responding with “I can positively say we’re mates”.

The latter state of affairs has definitely prolonged to the 2022 season regardless of the pair now being at totally different groups, to the purpose the place they’re travelling collectively between races.

Requested throughout an interview with Individuals.com what his relationship with Hamilton is like now, Bottas replied: “It’s been good. It was fairly pure. After the race in Bahrain, I drove previous him on the in-lap and I heard he was on the rostrum, so I gave him a thumbs-up and he did the identical.

“We truly flew collectively after the race to Dubai, and we flew from Dubai to Saudi Arabia. So we’re nonetheless sharing flights. In a method, nothing has modified.

“We aren’t team-mates however nonetheless mates. It’s good. Now we have a great relationship in a method. We did obtain fairly a little bit of issues collectively as team-mates. I believe that form of friendship will for certain final too.”

In fact, being mates with direct rivals shouldn’t be essentially simple or pure, despite the fact that the Method 1 paddock seems to be a extra cordial place these days than it had been at one time.

 

On whether or not he thinks it’s troublesome to have true friendships with different F1 drivers, Bottas stated: “I believe it’s fairly exhausting to, sure. It’s truly fairly exhausting to correctly develop a great friendship if you find yourself racing in opposition to one another.

“I believe we simply realized that racing is racing and out of doors of the monitor it doesn’t matter. I believe we each form of obtained that – we’re racing in opposition to one another, however then we will nonetheless share flights or do no matter.”

Bottas will attempt to add to the eight factors he scored within the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix in spherical three of the sequence at Albert Park, Melbourne, the place he received for Mercedes in 2019.

 

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