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.