Hamilton: Working relationship with Bottas best of any F1 teammate

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Lewis Hamilton feels that he already has a better working relationship with Valtteri Bottas than he enjoyed with any other teammate during his time in Formula 1.

Bottas joined Mercedes for 2017 following Nico Rosberg’s decision to retire from racing five days after winning the world championship last year.

Rosberg enjoyed a particularly tense relationship with Hamilton, the pair coming to blows on a number of occasions through their four-year stint as teammates.

Talking to the official F1 website, Hamilton spoke warmly of Bottas and said they are already working well together following the Finn’s arrival at Mercedes in January.

“What I so far like about working with Valtteri is that it is all to do with the track, what we do on the circuit, and not outside,” Hamilton said.

“There are no games. There is complete transparency. I like that. I feel we already have a better working relationship than I ever had with any teammate I had before.

“He wants to do the best thing that he can in his first year with the team, and with me being here for quite a while now, I want to deliver and make sure that I give as much information so that he will learn. And we do our talking on the track!”

Hamilton had a notably volatile relationship with Fernando Alonso during his rookie F1 season in 2007, with the Spaniard walking out of McLaren at the end of the year as a result.

The Briton then worked with Heikki Kovalainen for two years before Jenson Button joined McLaren, and was Hamilton’s last teammate before Rosberg.

While Button and Hamilton appeared to work well together on the surface, there were moments of tension, including when the latter tweeted out a telemetry comparison that was meant to remain confidential.

Perhaps the strangest incident was when Hamilton called out Button for unfollowing him on Twitter, saying: “I thought we respected one another but clearly he doesn’t.” It soon transpired that Button had never followed Hamilton in the first place.

Hamilton and Bottas will enjoy their first race together as teammates on March 26 at the Australian Grand Prix, the opening round of the 2017 F1 season.

IndyCar releases schedule for 2023 season

IndyCar schedule 2023
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The NTT IndyCar Series’ 2023 schedule will feature the same number of races and tracks as this season with some minor reshuffling of dates.

IndyCar will open the 2023 season March 5 on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida, and will conclude Sept. 10 at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, California. The 107th Indy 500 will take place May 28 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The 17-race schedule will conclude with a stretch of eight races in the final nine weeks.

“The NTT IndyCar Series is on an impactful upward trajectory, making progress at a pace that befits our thrilling style of competition,” Penske Entertainment Corp. president and CEO Mark Miles said in a release. “The 2023 season provides an opportunity to further build on this trend, bringing our sport and its stars to more markets and households and reaching new consumers across the globe.”

There will be 15 events on NBC: 13 races (including six of the final seven) plus Indy 500 qualifying May 20-21. There also are three races on USA Network and the Toronto race exclusively on Peacock. All races on NBC and USA also will have live simulstreams on Peacock.

In partnership with NBC Sports, the 2022 IndyCar season was the most-watched in six years and the most-watched across NBC Sports on record. The 2022 season also was the most streamed season on record.

“We’re very excited for our 2023 NTT IndyCar Series schedule and to build on this past season’s viewership milestones,” NBC Sports vice president of programming Mike Perman said in a release. “In providing comprehensive coverage across NBC, Peacock and USA Network, NBC Sports is once again looking forward to telling the stories of these world-class drivers and this compelling series.”

Notable elements on the 2023 schedule:

–There will be the same balance of seven road course races, five street courses and five ovals.

–St. Pete will be the season opener for the 13th time.

–The Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix will move from Belle Isle to the streets of downtown.

–The NASCAR doubleheader weekend at the IMS road course will shift to mid-August.

–The World Wide Technology Raceway event will move from Saturday to Sunday.

Start times for the 2023 events will be announced at a later date.

Here’s the 2023 IndyCar schedule:


Date Race/Track Network/Platform
Sun., March 5 Streets of St. Petersburg NBC, Peacock
Sun., April 2 Texas Motor Speedway NBC, Peacock
Sun., April 16 Streets of Long Beach NBC, Peacock
Sun., April 30 Barber Motorsports Park NBC, Peacock
Sat., May 13 Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Road Course) NBC, Peacock
Sun., May 28 The 107th Indianapolis 500 NBC, Peacock
Sun., June 4 Streets of Detroit NBC, Peacock
Sun., June 18 Road America USA Network, Peacock
Sun., July 2 Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course USA Network, Peacock
Sun., July 16 Streets of Toronto Peacock
Sat., July 22 Iowa Speedway – Race 1 NBC, Peacock
Sun., July 23 Iowa Speedway – Race 2 NBC, Peacock
Sun., Aug. 6 Streets of Nashville NBC, Peacock
Sat., Aug. 12 Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Road Course) USA Network, Peacock
Sun., Aug. 27 World Wide Technology Raceway NBC, Peacock
Sun., Sept. 3 Portland International Raceway NBC, Peacock
Sun., Sept. 10 WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca NBC, Peacock

*dates and networks/platforms are subject to change