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Valtteri Bottas brushes off warning from Lewis Hamilton’s father


Valtteri Bottas has brushed off the warning from new teammate Lewis Hamilton’s father, Anthony, that joining Mercedes could be a decision that ends his Formula 1 career.

Bottas was signed by Mercedes for the 2017 season after world champion Nico Rosberg decided to retire from racing with immediate effect at the end of last year.

Bottas has raced in F1 since 2013 with Williams, claiming nine podiums and a highest finish of fourth in the end-of-year standings.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Hamilton Sr. warned Bottas that his son was still yet to reach the peak of his performance and that going up against the three-time world champion could be a career-ending decision.

When asked about the comments by Finland’s MTV Sport, Bottas was non-plussed.

“Well, I wouldn’t to be teammates with myself,” Bottas said.

“Let’s see. The season will start soon and we’ll see where we go.”

Bottas will Hamilton’s fifth teammate in F1 and second at Mercedes, the Briton having only previously worked with Rosberg since joining the team in 2013.

As a rookie, Hamilton raced alongside Fernando Alonso at McLaren through 2007, with their acrimonious rivalry resulting in the Spaniard leaving the team after one season.

Alonso was replaced by Heikki Kovalainen, who was with McLaren for two years before being dropped in favor of Jenson Button for 2010, fresh from winning the world championship with Brawn GP.

Button is the only driver to have clearly beaten Hamilton in a straight points fight as teammates, winning the three-year battle 672-657 at McLaren.

Pippa Mann returns to Dale Coyne Racing for seventh Indianapolis 500 bid

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Pippa Mann announced Tuesday that she plans to drive in her seventh Indianapolis 500 on May 27.

The native of Ipswich, England will once again return to race for Dale Coyne Racing, with new sponsorship by Donate Life Indiana.

She had previously been sponsored the last four years in the 500 by the Susan G. Komen organization. She’ll continue to carry logos of that organization on the front wing of her car in the 500, Mann said.

Mann, 34, has raced six times in the 500, with a best finish being 17th in last year’s race.

Mann will fill out the four-car Dale Coyne Racing field for the Greatest Spectacle In Racing. She’ll be teammates with Sebastien Bourdais (No. 18 Team SealMaster Honda in a partnership with Vasser-Sullivan), Pietro Fittipaldi (No. 19 The Paysafe Car Honda) and Conor Daly (No. 17 U.S. Air Force Honda in a partnership with Thom Burns Racing).

Mann will make her first practice laps for this year’s 500 on Tuesday, May 15. Qualifying is May 19-20.

Mann’s No. 63 Honda will have a significantly different look than in the last few years. Instead of pink, her car will feature a silvery blue and light green paint scheme wrapped around a Donate Life Indiana logo.

“I am honored to have been asked to drive the Donate Life car this May and to partner with Donate Life Indiana as an ambassador to raise awareness on our mission to help reach even more Hoosiers through our education efforts,” Mann said in a media release. “This is obviously a campaign with a pretty deep personal meaning for me, and I am humbled to have the opportunity to join the racers carrying this cause forward.

“I also want to thank Dale and Gail Coyne for once again giving me this opportunity to pilot one of their entries this May. This will be my sixth year with Dale Coyne Racing and I’m truly grateful that they allow me to do this every year.”

Mann will also serve as a spokesperson for the organization and to raise awareness for youth education initiatives in Indiana, most notably organ, tissue and eye donor registration.

In addition to her driving duties in the 102nd running of the 500, Mann will also visit schools across the Hoosier State to speak about the importance of organ donation and transplantation.

“Our education team is committed to partnering with Pippa and students and teachers across the state to bring the message of organ donation and transplantation to as many students as possible,” said Steve Johnson, board chairman for Donate Life Indiana.

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