Valtteri Bottas has spoken of the lasting impression that Lewis Hamilton has left on him during their five years as teammates.
The pair first began working alongside each other at Mercedes when Bottas joined the outfit to replace the retiring Nico Rosberg for the 2017 season. Hamilton went on to win the World Championship in each of their years together at the team, barring the 2021 title.
Bottas will now start a new chapter at Alfa Romeo but, reflecting on his stint at the Silver Arrows, the Finn admits that he has been particularly impressed by Hamilton's ability to continually improve.
"What has been really impressive [with Hamilton is] that, every year, he's still been able to develop," Bottas told media including RacingNews365.com.
"He's got such a big experience from Formula 1, but still, he's been able to always learn more and become better and better.
"For sure, I've developed every year as a driver, but so has Lewis, and it doesn't come automatically. He works for it, because he knows that competition always gets tougher and tougher."
Learning from Hamilton
Bottas says that he has learned a lot from Hamilton over the years.
"I've definitely learned many things from him, like driving-wise, setup-wise," Bottas explained. "Lots of small things here and there.
"But yeah, it's been impressive that he's been able to still level up and not get too comfortable, ever.
"He always wants more out of himself and the team around him, so that's been [the] same thing every year. He keeps getting better."
Bottas will partner Formula 2 race winner Guanyu Zhou at Alfa Romeo in 2022, while George Russell takes his place alongside Hamilton at Mercedes.
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