Valtteri Bottas ‘still sharing flights with Lewis Hamilton’ as friendship blossoms

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VALTTERI BOTTAS switched from Mercedes to Alfa Romeo for the 2022 season however nonetheless enjoys an excellent relationship along with his former team-mate.

Valtteri Bottas 'still sharing flights with Lewis Hamilton' as friendship blossoms

Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton nonetheless share flights (Picture: Getty)

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Valtteri Bottas has revealed he’s nonetheless sharing flights with Lewis Hamilton months after leaving Mercedes. He mentioned the 2 had been on the identical aircraft after Bahrain after which once more heading to the following race in Saudi Arabia.

Bottas defined the pair had been “nonetheless mates” and is assured the “friendship will final” longer-term. Chatting with Folks.com, he mentioned: “It has been good. It was fairly pure.

“After the race, I drove previous him on the in-lap and I heard he was on the rostrum, so I gave him thumbs up and he did the identical. And 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.

“You realize, we’re possibly not team-mates, however nonetheless mates. It’s good. We’ve got an excellent relationship in a method. As a result of we did obtain fairly a little bit of issues collectively as team-mates. I believe that type of friendship will for certain final too.”

The pair saluted one another on the cooling down lap moments after the Bahrain Grand Prix was delivered to an finish.

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Valtteri Bottas 'still sharing flights with Lewis Hamilton' as friendship blossoms

Bottas says the pair nonetheless have an excellent relationship (Picture: Getty)

Bottas drove alongside Hamilton after which gave a thumbs up in acknowledgement. Hamilton praised Bottas after the Finn’s transfer to Alfa Romeo was confirmed final September.

He mentioned: “He has been the most effective team-mate I’ve had the pleasure of working with. Your pace and resilience has been spectacular however the place you actually stand out to me is the human being you’re.

“You’re higher than you realize and I do know there is a vibrant future forward for you.” Bottas additionally performed an enormous half in serving to Hamilton along with his title battle towards Max Verstappen final yr.

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Valtteri Bottas 'still sharing flights with Lewis Hamilton' as friendship blossoms

Hamilton described Bottas as his finest team-mate (Picture: Getty)

After Verstappen edged out Hamilton for the crown in Abu Dhabi, Bottas was clearly devastated. Talking on workforce radio moments after the race ended, he mentioned: “Properly f***, s***”.

Publish-race, he added: “I have never seen anybody but, however I can really feel it. We wished to get each titles. Getting the Constructors’ once more is large. However on the similar time, it hurts that Lewis did not get the Drivers’ as a result of, even for me, I really feel like I misplaced the championship as a result of he misplaced it!”

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