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Valtteri Bottas

Bottas proud of records with Hamilton: It's hard to name a better team

Valtteri Bottas leaves Mercedes feeling proud of his contribution towards their success, especially in terms of the amount of points that he and Lewis Hamilton accrued.

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Valtteri Bottas remains proud of what he achieved during his five-year spell at Mercedes, and thinks that his partnership with Lewis Hamilton holds a significant place in the history books.

The Finn joined the team to replace the retiring Nico Rosberg for the 2017 season, and from them onwards helped them to continue to win consecutive Constructors' Championships, with the outfit having earned their eighth in a row in 2021.

Now that he is preparing for his new chapter with Alfa Romeo, Bottas feels that he has had an opportunity to reflect on how special his and Mercedes' achievements together have been.

"I'm proud," Bottas told the Beyond The Grid podcast.

"And now, definitely knowing that I'm continuing to another team, I've had time to a little bit reflect every now and then of the situation. Because we've achieved some pretty special things together."

On the squad's back-to-back Constructors' titles, Bottas added: "You do need two drivers for that."

Proud of partnership with Hamilton

Bottas might not have achieved the individual success of teammate Hamilton during his Mercedes years, but he believes that they made a strong team as a driver line-up.

The new Alfa Romeo driver explained: "If you look at me and Lewis as teammates, if you look at the history of Formula 1, the amount of points, wins, podiums we've got together... For me, it's hard to try and name a better team.

"So I'm definitely proud, and the main thing is that I know that I've given everything. I can look in the mirror and say that I tried, I gave it everything I had. That's all I can do."

Bottas won 10 races whilst racing for the Silver Arrows, as well as taking 58 podiums and 20 pole positions.

The Finn now switches to Alfa Romeo as part of a multi-year deal, and will be joined by rookie Guanyu Zhou as his new teammate.

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