Lewis Hamilton says he travels to most races with Valtteri Bottas

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Despite not being team-mates anymore, Lewis Hamilton says he and Valtteri Bottas are “actually very close”, and he’s “really grateful that this friendship has continued”.

Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas have been team-mates at Mercedes from 2017 until 2021. Despite the Finn moving to Alfa Romeo, Lewis reveals they are still spending a lot of time together.

“Valtteri and I are actually very close,” the Briton said.

“We travel to and from most of the races together so we are together a lot. And we always have conversations.

“I’m really grateful that this friendship has continued because we really had great years together and the respect is huge between us.”

Lewis also gave his thoughts on how Valtteri is doing so far in his new team.

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“I’ve been really, really happy to see the team start off so well this year and, obviously, I won my GP2 championship with Fred [Vasseur, Alfa Romeo team principal], so I know how capable he is of doing a great job so it has got a lot of potential, that team.

“Growing up, they were Sauber and BMW and I’m sure they’ve got a great infrastructure back home and I’m excited for their future. Are they doing something with Audi? I don’t know.

“They’ve had an up and down year, but Valtteri is really doing an amazing job there.

“I think both of the drivers are doing a great job given the challenges that we all have with our cars and I’m excited for their future,” Hamilton concluded.

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