Lewis Hamilton will face a new challenge next year with George Russell as teammate, which will see him say goodbye to Valtteri Bottas. He labeled the Finn as his ‘best teammate ever’ and now explains why he sees it that way: “We try to improve each other without hiding anything from each other.”
From next year, Hamilton will have a new teammate next to him at Mercedes. After five years of Valtteri Bottas, the young talent George Russell ends up in the top team. Hamilton himself is looking forward to that new challenge, although he will miss his ‘best teammate ever’. What made Bottas the best teammate ever, Hamilton explains at the Italian branch of Sky Sports.
“I met Alonso when I was a kid,” Hamilton said in conversation with Sky Italy. “I was enthusiastic and talented, but I didn’t know how to handle everything. After that I was in a different position when I met Kovalainen, Jenson (Button, red.) and Nico (Rosberg, ed.) sat. I have learned several things from them. They all offered a challenge. You can never ignore your teammate because you learn from him and vice versa. You can make mistakes. I would never change anything about my adventure with them.”
“I recently said that my current team-mate is my best team-mate, but you have to see what that means,” Hamilton continues. “We are in a sport where we are trying to win two different championships. We’re both trying to go for the drivers’ title, but our job is also to win the constructors’ championship, so we have to work together. For the first time I have a teammate with whom I really communicate. Without hiding anything from each other, we try to improve each other and help each other to be the best version of ourselves. That has never happened with other drivers. It’s something unique. As a person, that’s fantastic. As soon as we get out we talk like gentlemen. No tricks,” said Hamilton.