Sep.9 - George Russell's arrival at Mercedes next year is a sign to Lewis Hamilton that he is "not such a king".

A source close to the seven time world champion this week told a British newspaper that Hamilton is decidedly unhappy about Toto Wolff's decision to oust Valtteri Bottas.

"Lewis says he (Bottas) was his favourite teammate of all time," 2016 world champion Nico Rosberg said in a video that has leaked on social media.

"I wanted to write under his post - 'what about me?'" the German added.

Indeed, some think it is high time Hamilton, 36, is once again challenged by a fully competitive teammate like Russell - unlike the "chilled" relationship Rosberg says the Briton has shared with Bottas since 2017.

"It's going to be interesting," Nikolay Vetrov, best known in the paddock as Sergey Sirotkin's former manager, told Sportbox.

"Obviously Russell will have a secondary role there. There is clearly an invisible and inaudible team policy.

"But it seems to me that Hamilton gives the message that he's the king there, and Toto Wolff is fed up with that.

"I think this is Toto saying 'Lewis, you're not such a king'. Just to put him in his place a little," Vetrov added.

"Another point is that when Lewis wins, I would say 60-70 percent of that is down to the team and Toto Wolff. So it's going to be very interesting to see Hamilton and Russell in the same garage."

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8 F1 Fan comments on “Hamilton says Bottas is his all time favourite teammate

  1. shroppyfly

    From a recent Lew interview

    Hamilton was also asked during the interview to state his best and worst qualities.

    “Let’s say my worst quality is probably that I hate losing,” said the 99-time F1 race winner.

    “I don’t know…for sure, I’ve definitely got bad qualities. Everyone has bad qualities. I’m really bad at communicating, I’m really bad at staying in touch with people, I have a really bad memory.

    “My best qualities? I would say…I like to think I’m really good with kids. I love kids and family.”

    WITH THOSE BAD POINTS PROBABLY HAVING KIDS IS A BAD IDEA THEN cos they are pretty important ones

    Asked when the time would be right to have his own children, Hamilton said: “Not while I’m racing. It’s hard enough with [dog] Roscoe! Roscoe is like my son. It’s hard enough just looking after him every day. I can barely look after myself.


    “I don’t know. It depends what kind of world we’re living in at that time. It’s difficult times around the world.”



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