Valtteri Bottas Pays the Ultimate Tribute to Lewis Hamilton Partnership

Published 09/22/2021, 7:50 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain – July 18, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates on the podium after winning the race with third place Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas REUTERS/Peter Cziborra


The Hamilton-Bottas dynamic has been a crucial one to Mercedes. While the two teammates don’t represent the various “bromances” we see across the paddock, the duo has shared their appreciation for each other. As Valtteri Bottas makes his way to Alfa Romeo next season, he confesses how much he is going to miss Hamilton.

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After a stunning five years with Mercedes, he Bottas bids adieu to the Silver Arrows and the many friends made. However, he has a special place for Lewis Hamilton. Woefully known as the champion’s second man, Bottas holds Hamilton in high regard.

Formula One F1 – Italian Grand Prix – Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza, Italy – September 10, 2021 Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas celebrates pole position for the sprint qualifying with Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton in second position REUTERS/Massimo Pinca

The Finn revealed, “It was an absolute pleasure and a real honor to work with him. We were able to work really well as a team, having a lot of respect. He was a fantastic teammate and I learned a lot from him. I have no doubt that it will do well in the future as well. I can definitely say that we are friends. There is a lot of respect in both ways. We race against each other, but we are a real team.”

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Yet to score a victory for the team before he leaves, Bottas reminisces about the Mercedes experience. If you look at the last few years, can you find me a better team? We have achieved a lot of things.”

While Bottas has shared his excitement about the new chapter at Alfa Romeo, leaving Mercedes behind is a somber consequence.

First 2021 win for Valtteri Bottas?

Bottas’ incredible weekend in Monza had the entire coterie talking. His performance on Sunday was more than impressive, climbing the ranks from the bottom of the grid to the podium; leaving Toto Wolff stunned.

Now, Bottas looks to shaking the grid at Sochi, a circuit where victories are a familiar feeling for the Finn. Will he finally get his first 2021 win? Toto Wolff seems to think so.

Formula One F1 – Italian Grand Prix – Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza, Italy – September 10, 2021 Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas during qualifying REUTERS/Jennifer Lorenzini

Wolff said, “As for Valtteri, he’s driving better than ever, like we saw in Monza – and he will be flat out every weekend. There’s a calm determination about the team right now and the business end of a season, fighting for championships, is exactly what we enjoy the most.”

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Confident about the race in Sochi, Wolff knows what to expect. “We’re looking forward to racing again in Russia, it is a circuit we’ve gone well at over the years and both our drivers have enjoyed great results in Sochi. We’re hoping to continue our run of success in Russia but know that this year is an entirely different beast, and we’re expecting another intense weekend.”

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As Bottas makes his way to Alfa Romeo, all everyone wants is a win from the Mercedes driver. Will Russia present the perfect opportunity?

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Shreya Sanjeev

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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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