If you follow Formula 1, and lets face it you do, you’ll know that the past 3 seasons between Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg have been less than cordial. The once friends who grew up on the track together became bitter enemies by the end of last season. Nico is gone now and it would seem Lewis couldn’t be happier. Not because Lewis is afraid of competing against Nico, but more so because his new teammate Valtteri Bottas brings less Bullshit to the team.
“There are no games – there is complete transparency. I like that. I feel we already have a better working relationship than I ever had with any teammate I had before.” Lewis told the official F1 website.
You don’t have to read between the lines to catch Lewis’ meaning. He is flat-out saying that Nico played games, Nico withheld information, and Nico was not easy to work with. I feel there are two ways to look at this.
On one hand, teammates are supposed to work together to make the team a stronger overall unit. By withdrawing into himself and his own goals, Nico ceased being a teammate and became another rival who just so happened to drive the same car. Some of this was Mercedes own doing with their “have at it boys” philosophy to racing.
On the other hand, teams with top cars want drivers who are willing to do anything to win and anything to get their brand on top. You could build the greatest car ever created, but if your drivers aren’t willing to go for it then you’ve likely wasted your time. That fire that burns in every World Champion and is how a driver should be. You can’t blame Nico for having that drive to win. He may have been a total douche in the process, but winning at all costs is a trait required to win Championships.
You can see Bottas’ attitude is a breath of fresh air to Lewis. This environment of cooperation and mutual drive to be the best is something Hamilton has severely lacked in his F1 career. Before Rosberg, Hamilton locked horns with the zero-fucks-given-champ of F1, Fernando Alonso. Valtteri Bottas is the teammate Hamilton has been looking for and he couldn’t be happier about it.
“He wants to do the best thing that he can in his first year with the team – and with me being here for quite a while now, I want to deliver and make sure that I give as much information so that he will learn. And we do our talking on the track.” Hamilton Said.
Look, If you have followed my thoughts on last season (and why wouldn’t you?), you know I wasn’t Nico Rosberg’s biggest fan. I tend to side with Lewis because Nico came across like an enormous jackass. Couple that with Nico’s complete inability to shut up this past off-season and I totally agree with Lewis. I understand why he was frustrated and why a new teammate is refreshing.