“I’ve naturally grown over time”- Lewis Hamilton what separates his relationship with Valtteri Bottas than what he had with Nico Rosberg.
Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas bring in the right balance, which Mercedes always wanted, with the Briton playing the anchor role while Bottas accepting the secondary role.
Unlike what Mercedes had to handle when Hamilton and Nico Rosberg were at steering together, as both used to lock horns on the track, which allegedly led to multiple heated moments and toxic dressing room environment.
But Hamilton hardly had any case similar to that with Bottas and speaking on it hamilton said that the leader like mentality now instilled in him might have changed things.
“I really don’t think I’ve changed the way that I work [since Rosberg]. I generally keep myself to myself, I work with my team,” he said as per the GP Fans.
“I think we have really good respect between us. When he wins, he knows he’s done it outright on hard work, and if not then he knows that he just has to work harder next time.”
Hamilton added: “We continue to work on our relationship, colleague-wise and competitor-wise, in the background and we don’t let whatever’s happened on track filter into when we get out of the car.
“The great thing I’ve always taken pride in for myself is that I have to do the job on the track, can’t blame any other factors. [You] can’t be trying to alter other factors outside in order to affect the outcome of a race.
“If I get beaten on a day, I need to do a better job, and if I win naturally it’s great,” he concluded.
Positive partnership- Toto Wolff
Adding into the discussion, Mercedes boss Wolff has said that the positive partnership between Bottas and Hamilton became a key to prolong the partnership between the two.
“I think it’s completely normal that there’s always a rivalry and that is the name of the game. Harmony is the wrong word because between two team-mates harmony is difficult and we completely comprehend it. We’re not out racing because we seek for harmony on the weekend.
“I think it’s a very productive environment now where things are being done. We’re not taking each other so seriously sometimes and the talking is being done on the track,” he said.