Häkkinen explains why Mercedes should keep Hamilton & Bottas

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Two-time Formula 1 champion Mika Häkkinen says what Mercedes has achieved with Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas is “incredible”.

Häkkinen, who has been a part of Valtteri Bottas’ management team, says Mercedes should not mess with a winning formula that they have with their current driver line-up.

“If you look at the facts, the results in all the years Valtteri has driven with Lewis Hamilton, what the team has achieved with these two drivers, you can’t beat that,” the Finn told RTL

“It’s incredible, it’s been brilliant. [Bottas] is a brilliant driver. He’s being criticised too much. Far too much.

“Driving next to Lewis is not child’s play. Being talented and fast is not enough. The experience these people have is just incredible. You don’t learn that on the internet or from books.

“Within the team, I’m sure they’re saying ‘We have a fantastic racing driver here’. We have a saying that if a clock is working, you don’t open it up to try to make it better. You just let it run.”

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Häkkinen goes on to highlight the importance of a reliable and competitive driver in your team.

“At Red Bull, everything depends on Max at the moment. I like Sergio, he’s a great guy, but he has to get closer to Max.

“It must be at least two tenths and no further away, otherwise the car won’t develop fast enough over a weekend.

“To win the championship, you need two drivers who score consistently, who push themselves with close laptimes in order to develop the car.

“Every grand prix counts,” concluded the Finn.

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