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- Updated: March 5, 2018
Mercedes star driver Lewis Hamilton has said that teammate Valtteri Bottas’ latest claims that he will put up a better show this season has done little to bother him, but did confess that the Finn no longer has any excuses to perform this year.
Last year, it is fair to say that Bottas was almost completely in Hamilton’s shadow despite notching up the first three wins of career.
However, after a year at the Silver Arrows, may well be better prepared for a world championship bid this time around.
But that has not concerned Hamilton one bit.
“No,” Hamilton said, when asked if he was worried about how much Bottas may have improved after his debut year at the team.
“But I would say that about anyone. It’s nothing about Valtteri.
“It’s difficult coming to a new team and learning new ways, new controls and now he’s gone through the whole learning process and he’s going to hit the ground running.
“So there’s no more excuses for sure.”
Bottas, meanwhile, feels like there is less pressure on him to perform this year.
“The pressure is now much less,” Bottas said.
“I have gone through one season with Lewis (Hamilton), and the team is now familiar to me. At my best level I can get poles and win races. Last February, I had to learn about the team but now I can focus just on improving the performance.
“I’m able to concentrate on driving a lot more.”