Valtteri Bottas Leaves Behind a Memorable Gift for Lewis Hamilton

Valtteri Bottas Leaves Behind a Memorable Gift for Lewis Hamilton

 

Recently, Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas visited the Mercedes offices at Brixworth for the last time. The Fin had announced earlier this season that he will be moving to Alfa Romeo in 2022.

Bottas at Mercedes went on, remained and has now ended as a story of unfulfilled potential on both ends. Neither could the driver fully tap into the potential of his car nor could the team ever find the best way to tap into his talent.

 

Although, one thing which Valtteri Bottas supremely did, albeit sometimes unintentionally or against his will, was to be a great supporting driver for teammate Lewis Hamilton.

 

 

In his five years at the Silver Arrows, Bottas had assisted Hamilton on several occasions either for a race win, or an instrumental in the Briton’s championship conquests.

 

 

Valtteri Bottas Leaves Behind a Memorable Gift for Lewis Hamilton

And now that he was leaving, he wanted to leave his teammate Hamilton, with one last gift, his racing helmet.

 

 

In a picture from Bottas’ last day at Mercedes, he can be seen gifting Lewis Hamilton with one of his helmets. It’s a shame that we can’t figure out the message or the specifics on the gifted helmet, but this is a pretty special gift from the Fin who is somewhat of a ‘helmet art connoisseur’.

 

 

Valtteri Bottas Leaves Behind a Memorable Gift for Lewis Hamilton

The best teammate I’ve ever had – Hamilton about Valtteri Bottas
Earlier this season, when Bottas’ move was announced, his seven-time world champion teammate paid him a mega compliment.

 

 

Hamilton said, “He has been the best teammate I’ve had the pleasure of working with.”

“Thank you Valtteri for all of your support and amazing contributions to this team. You will be missed. I wish you all the best for your future endeavours. Let’s finish off strong and get that 8th for the team.”

 

 

And that’s what they did. Mercedes won their eighth consecutive constructors’ title this season courtesy of their two drivers. But one thing Bottas couldn’t help his teammate with was winning the driver’s championship.

 

 

Valtteri Bottas Leaves Behind a Memorable Gift for Lewis Hamilton

But hey, Valtteri Bottas never signed up for that in the first place.

He will now close the successful page of the Mercedes phase in his career. And he’ll look forward to being the main driver in Alfa Romeo next year.

 

 

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