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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.

F1 2017 driver review: Lance Stroll

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Team: Williams

Car No.: 18
Races: 20
Wins: 0
Podiums: 1
Best Finish: P3 (Azerbaijan)
Pole Positions: 0
Fastest Laps: 0
Points: 40
Championship Position: 13th

Lance Stroll’s arrival in Formula 1 at the start of the 2017 was a far from smooth one despite a significant private testing program being undertaken in the months leading up to his grand prix debut.

Even with older hand Felipe Massa at Williams, Stroll looked uneasy behind the wheel of the FW40 car through the opening run of races as he failed to reach the checkered flag in any of his first three starts.

The Canadian was left deflated after his first decent effort in Bahrain was cut short after a clash with Carlos Sainz Jr., calling it his “rock bottom” moment – but things would turn around on home soil.

Stroll produced a stunning fight through the field to take an excellent P9 in Canada, proving his talent seen in Formula 3 the previous year and shushing many of his critics.

Better would follow two weeks later in Baku when Stroll became the youngest rookie in F1 history to score a podium, dodging a crazy race to finish third. It would have been second had he not lost a drag race against Valtteri Bottas to the line.

Stroll’s form then fluctuated greatly. He was sublime on occasion, the best examples being Monza, when he started a remarkable P2 on the grid and ended as the top midfielder in P7, or Mexico where he took a brilliant sixth.

But there were too many weekends he was a little anonymous. Sure, Williams didn’t have the best car this year, but perhaps a little better was expected from Stroll.

2018 will be an even bigger challenge as he looks to the lead the team when a new teammate arrives – and at only 19, it is a lot to handle. Nevertheless, there are positive signs to be found; you just need to look for them a little.

Season High: Taking a shock podium in Baku after dodging chaos in front.

Season Low: A poor opening two races in Australia and China.