Ex-teammate warns: “The fire will burn in Lewis Hamilton”
Valtteri Bottas warns the competition that his former teammate Lewis Hamilton will be more motivated than ever at the start of the new F1 season, after he had to leave the title to Max Verstappen in the last race last year.
After five years racing with the Mercedes team alongside Lewis Hamilton, Valtteri Bottas will try his luck at Alfa Romeo from this year on. When he moved from Williams to Mercedes in 2017, it was a great opportunity for the Finn to work for a top team, but now he has to conclude that he was simply a size too small to really challenge Lewis Hamilton. .
He resigned himself to that and when he presented the new Alfa Romeo car, he realized that he was unbeatable at his best moments, but that those moments just weren’t there often enough.
“I had a great five years as a team-mate with Lewis, and now that I think about it, it was an honor,” Bottas told ‘The Race.’ ”He is a living legend!”
“And he’s a great guy and great rider, really fast. He definitely made me work hard to try and beat him.”
“Sometimes that worked, but not during a full season. So that’s how it goes. You always end up meeting someone who is better than you and you have to accept that.”
“And I’m happy about it. I’m glad I was able to beat him sometimes when I was at my best.”
“But we have come a long way. We have achieved so much together, so many 1-2 results. Five constructors’ titles together.”
“I learned from him about life and racing, and maybe vice versa. So, it was a really good time with him.”
Bottas also warns competition that Lewis Hamilton will be highly motivated after missing out on an eighth world title in the controversial 2021 season finale.
“After everything that happened at the end of last year, you’ll see,” said Bottas. “He will be quite strong and he will have the fire in him. So be careful!”