Wolff believes Hamilton was the main reason behind Bottas’ Mercedes grief

Toto Wolff thinks Lewis Hamilton affected Valtteri Bottas during their time together as teammates at Mercedes.

Bottas will depart Mercedes after a successful five-year association with the Silver Arrows. He leaves a multiple-time race winner and a key cog in the clinical machine that is Mercedes-AMG.

However, it has never quite clicked for the Finn on a personal level. He hasn’t won any drivers’ titles at the team, and has always remained second-best to his teammate.

Hamilton won four world championships with Bottas as his teammate, so it must definitely sting for him.

Wolff thinks Hamilton affected Bottas during his Mercedes career, and stated that the level of the seven-time world champion was just that good.

“I’ve said pressure is a good thing for Valtteri, and sometimes the pressure can crack you,” he said, as quoted by GP Fans.

“I think Valtteri has always been in a pressure cooker all his life in formula racing. He had never had abundant resources to go racing, and I feel that was good for him.

Wolff (left) with Bottas (right). Source: Getty Images

“He is a great guy, a fast racer but the years with Lewis can be quite pressurising.”

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Wolff also talked about Bottas’ level, and said that he had no doubt regarding his abilities.

“We have seen he is absolutely there,” he added.

“In some of the races, it is his. No one can take it away from him, like in Turkey.

“But then there are oscillations sometimes and I wonder whether that is the pressure or any other phenomenon.

“Easy to say when your teammate is Lewis Hamilton, a seven-time world champion and you have had ups and downs.

“Maybe that’s the consequence of Lewis as your teammate. There is nobody else in the 100-plus victory club. It’s only him,” he concluded.

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