Hamilton & Bottas have a “respectful and friendly” relationship – Toto Wolff

Lewis Hamilton (left) and Valtteri Bottas (right) have become team mates for Mercedes AMG this year following Nico Rosberg’s shock retirement. Here they are pictured at the launch of their 2017 car, the W08.

Head of Mercedes AMG Petronas F1, Toto Wolff, has admitted the relationship between veteran driver Lewis Hamilton and the team’s newly signed driver, Valtteri Bottas, is “respectful and friendly.”

Bottas signed for the Triple World Champions following Nico Rosberg’s shock retirement in November, 2016.

Since then, the Finnish driver – who has nine podium finishes to his name – has acclimatized to the new team, testing for them during the eight pre-season days in Barcelona.

“Lewis and Valtteri are in a great place,” conceded Wolff, who has previously described Bottas as a “no-nonsense guy.”

Bottas in deep discussion during the first pre-season test with the man who previously held his seat at Mercedes, 2016’s World Champion: Nico Robserg.

And, that’s a quality Wolff will appreciate, because Wolff has had to deal with troubles between drivers in the past; the tense, ever-changing relationship between Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg. Many incidents between the pair have gone down in the sport’s modern history, most notably, Spa 2014, Spain 2016 and Austria 2016.

So far, Hamilton has on been complimentary of his new team mate, commenting after the first pre-season test, “Valtteri is doing a great job so far.”

“His feedback seems solid, he’s working great with the team and transitioning in smoothly,” added Hamilton.

Considering – in the words of Toto Wolff again – “the margins at the front of the field have shrunk,” a good working relationship could just be critical in keeping success at Brackley.

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Steven Walton is an 18-year-old Journalism Student at the Ara Institute of Canterbury. He previously attended St Andrew's College in Christchurch, where he excelled at History and Classical Studies. Steven is the Editor-in-Chief at Green Flag F1 and spends most of his days living, breathing, and immersing in the Formula 1 world.

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