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Best thing about Bottas is being a straight shooter, says Hamilton

Race winner, Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP and Third placed Valtteri Bottas of Finland and Mercedes GP talk during a Press Conference after the F1 Grand Prix of Bahrain at Bahrain International Circuit on March 28, 2021 in Bahrain, Bahrain. (Photo by Andy Hone – Pool/Getty Images)

Lewis Hamilton has talked about his relationship with his teammate Valtteri Bottas, saying the best quality of the Finn is being “a straight shooter.”

Before the 2021 season, Mercedes organized a fun interview between the two drivers. Valtteri Bottas asked Hamilton “what’s the best thing about being my team mate? No bullshit? Not too much chatting?” to which the British driver highlighted he was a straight shooter.

“If you’re putting words in my mouth, then there’s no BS!

“I don’t think there’s one specific thing that’s better than the other; I think it’s a combination of many things and it is a fact that there are no games between us,” Hamilton said. “You’re a straight shooter. Because then it’s just down to our hard work.

“There are weekends we could do better, like in Austria [2020] for example, and we know we both just have to do a better job when the other comes out ahead on the weekend.”

The pair also discussed other questions, one of which asked what was the angriest moment of Toto Wolff during their campaign, with Hamilton admitting it was the 2016 Barcelona crash he had with his former teammate Nico Rosberg.

“The angriest I ever seen Toto, it would have been one of the times Nico and I crashed into each other,” he said.

“Probably Barcelona’s probably the angriest he ever got.”

For Bottas, the angriest he’s seen his boss during his career has been at the 2019 German Grand Prix.

“I was just thinking about it. He wasn’t so happy in Germany 2019,” he said.

“I was going to get at least some points, and then I shunted. We were all wearing these special outfits and I remember‚Ķ Toto said after the race that that’s the last time we’re going to play carnival at a race weekend.”

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