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Hamilton explains why Bottas is the best F1 teammate he's had

Valtteri Bottas may be leaving Mercedes for Alfa Romeo at season's end, however that didn't stop Lewis Hamilton from praising the Finn.

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Lewis Hamilton has driven alongside Valtteri Bottas at Mercedes for the last five years, and he recently explained why the Finn is the best teammate he's ever had in F1.

The two have helped make Mercedes the benchmark in recent years, but their partnership will come to an end following the current campaign. Bottas will join Alfa Romeo for the 2022 season, with George Russell leaving Williams to fill the void.

Hamilton reflected on his time with Bottas, who he believes is the best teammate he's had in F1, and explained the strong working relationship the two have developed at Mercedes.

"When I say that Bottas is my best teammate, you have to understand what that means," Hamilton told Sky Sport Italia.

"We are in a sport where we are trying to win two world titles. We are both trying to go for the Drivers' title, but together we are also responsible for winning the Constructors' title. We have to work together to do that.

"For the first time, I had a teammate with whom I really communicated in the sense of, 'I felt this, I noticed that'. We don't keep anything from each other and we just want to help each other to be as good as possible.

"That has never happened to me with other drivers. That is something unique."

Hamilton also noted that while the two have enjoyed working together over the past few years, they've also developed a great relationship away from the track.

"As a person he is great, off the track he is a real gentleman. No frills," Hamilton concluded.

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