“Leave Him Alone”- Hamilton Steps Up to Defend Bottas Amid Mercedes F1 Exit Rumors

Published 07/12/2021, 1:21 PM EDT
Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – March 28, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas after the race Pool via REUTERS/Lars Baron


The entire second seat fiasco at Mercedes has opened a can of worms on the internet. Speculations are all over the place. And while it is fine to assume things regarding the team; Valtteri Bottas has come in the line of fire for no reason.

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Trolls on the internet have not made things easy for the driver. Lewis Hamilton wishes people would quit being so hard on his teammate.

“I would like people to leave him alone and stop talking about his relations with the team, Valtteri needs to focus on his work,” comments Hamilton.

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He has even said that he would like Bottas to stay with the team. There has been no visible animosity between the two drivers. Bottas has always been in a difficult position, driving in Hamilton’s shadow. Yet, the two have made a great team at the Silver Arrows.

Formula One F1 – Portuguese Grand Prix – Algarve International Circuit – Portimao, Portugal – May 2, 2021, Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas and Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton in action during the race REUTERS/Juan Medina

Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas- A superior pairing

For Hamilton, 5 years of respectful competition followed four years of a toxic rivalry with Rosberg. What Hamilton and Bottas have can’t be compared to the fun duos we’ve seen on track- but that doesn’t mean that the esteem isn’t there.

As Lewis mentioned, “Over the years, Valtteri and I have built a very solid relationship, and the fact that we know each other so well makes us excellent teammates.”

Lewis doesn’t stop there,“We are currently the best-matched couple in Formula 1 from the point of view of the balance within the team and the understanding we have in working on the development of the car.” The tandem between the two solves most of the team’s problems.

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The Brit also believes that Bottas will improve more with time. Out of the 166 races that the Fin has started, he’s stood on the podium 61 times. That is no easy feat. Lewis’ frustrations are valid as Bottas isn’t stagnant yet. One can see him improving with every race.

“It’s not just a question of performance. We will continue to work together as we always have, with the hope of being able to do it even better in the future,” Lewis concludes.

As much as this would make for a dramatic ‘Drive to Survive’ episode, everyone needs to cut Bottas some slack. He has enjoyed a brilliant stint with Mercedes and fully deserves the seat he is in.

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Shreya Sanjeev is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having attained a journalism degree from St Xavier's College, she finds comfort in the sound of her keyboard while typing and excitement in the sound of F1 cars speeding on a track. A street circuit and Daniel Ricciardo fan through and through, Shreya claims the 2018 Monaco GP to be one of her favorite races of all time.

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