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Valtteri Bottas gave it his all at Mercedes to beat Lewis Hamilton

Valtteri Bottas gave it his all at Mercedes to beat Lewis Hamilton

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Valtteri Bottas said he could have done no more in his efforts to beat Lewis Hamilton in their time as Mercedes team-mates.

Bottas received the call to join Mercedes prior to the 2017 season, following the shock retirement of Nico Rosberg after he had won the 2016 Drivers’ Championship with the team.

But in a five-season stint with Mercedes, Bottas was unable to mount a title challenge against Hamilton, who was on a run of Drivers’ titles in succession before Red Bull’s Max Verstappen took the crown in 2021.

For much of his time at Mercedes, Bottas was referred to as the ‘wingman’ for Hamilton but the 10-time racer winner, all of those coming with Mercedes, said he always took to the track with 100% commitment.

Bottas now moves on to Alfa Romeo for 2022, with George Russell taking his seat at Mercedes.

Asked by GPFans if he can honestly say that he gave it his all at Mercedes, Bottas replied: “Yes, I’ve been asking that question myself sometimes.

“I really feel…

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