Although he is on the verge of winning his seventh world title in F1 with a comfortable advantage on his team-mate Valtteri Bottas, Lewis Hamilton said that the Finn was doing an “incredible” job on the other side of the garage.
With four races to go, Hamilton is 85 points ahead of Valtteri Bottas in the drivers’ championship, which means the Briton could become seven-time F1 world champion in the next race in Turkey. You can read the TJ13 odds on that here.
But according to Hamilton, his team-mate Valtteri Bottas hasn’t always got the merit he deserves, whereas the Finn has largely contributed to the fact that the Mercedes team has obtained in Imola a seventh consecutive constructor title, a record.
Lewis Hamilton underlines the enormous impact of Bottas’ performances within the team, but also his always positive attitude and his approach, which are two of the essential qualities to succeed in all sports.
“I think Valtteri is not getting the credit he deserves because he does an incredible job. ” explains Lewis Hamilton.
“He is an incredibly fast driver and I think he is better than a lot of the field – not only in terms of driving but also in his mental attitude and approach, because being a driver is not just about driving, it is not just about practice.
“It’s also about how you manage to bring and uplift people all around you, and he’s very good at that. ”
High praise indeed, and perhaps somewhat misguided? Hamilton stands on 282 points, and would single-handedly be putting Mercedes ahead of the next best team in the F1 teams’ Championship, namely Red Bull Racing on 226, whose points are mostly achieved by Max Verstappen (162).
Verstappen’s single-handed contribution to the team points (without teammate Albon) would put Red Bull ahead of the third-placed team, currently, Renault who are on 135.
Who says Formula 1 is functioning perfectly normally eh? A truly astonishing fact in this crazy 2020 year.
Next year, Vallterri Bottas will still be Mercedes driver (he has signed a one-year contract), whereas Lewis Hamilton doesn’t seem to be in a hurry to sign a contract renewal. No doubt pushing for Bottas to remain with the team for longer than the single year deal currently signed.