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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.

Recapping the proper Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel rivalry (VIDEO)

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Lewis Hamilton and Sebastien Vettel are the two most decorated drivers currently on the Formula 1 grid, with seven World Championships between them (four for Vettel, and three for Hamilton).

However, their paths have rarely crossed on the track, and only in 2010 did both drivers battle each for a World Championship in the same year. They also battled Fernando Alonso and Mark Webber that year, with Vettel emerging on top to claim his first World Championship.

However, the 2017 season sees Hamilton and Vettel in the two best cars on the grid, and they have gone head-to-head multiple times already this year, with each claiming two victories through the first five races. Currently, Vettel leads Hamilton 104-98 in the world championship, and the two men are developing a strong on-track rivalry.

Monaco Grand Prix coverage continues with FP3 and qualifying on Saturday. Full times are linked here.


Take a look behind the scenes of Fernando Alonso’s Indy 500 qualifying runs (VIDEO)

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In Friday’s NASCAR AMERICA Motorsports Special on NBCSN, we take you behind the scenes during F1 superstar Fernando Alonso’s qualifying runs for the Indy 500, including when he was on the pole for a brief period. He’ll eventually start fifth. 

Simulator ride tells what Fernando Alonso can expect in Indianapolis 500 (VIDEO)

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On Friday’s NASCAR AMERICA Motorsports Special on NBCSN, Parker Kligerman and his backseat driver, Kyle Petty, took to the iRacing simulator to make a mock run around Indianapolis Motor Speedway in preparation for Sunday’s Indianapolis 500.

They look at the challenges of IMS, as well as the challenges two-time Formula One champion Fernando Alonso will face in the first oval track race in his illustrious career. Alonso is among the favorites in the race and will take the green flag from the middle of Row 2 (fifth position).

Check out the above video.  

Legendary announcer Ken Squier gets you ready for Sunday’s big day of racing (VIDEO)

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Sunday is the biggest day of the year in motorsports, starting in the morning with Formula 1’s legendary Monaco Grand Prix.

Then, at Noon ET, it’s the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The final part of the tripleheader of racing is NASCAR’s longest race of the season, the 400-lap, 600-mile Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Newly-named NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2018 inductee Ken Squier gives you a great primer for what promises to be a memorable day around the world (see video above).