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.