Valtteri Bottas believes he can beat Lewis Hamilton through hard work but won’t fall apart if he loses to his Mercedes team-mate.

This season Bottas, a three-time grand prix, is hoping to challenge for his first World title while Hamilton is going for his fifth.

Mercedes are the favourite for the title having shown both pace and reliability in pre-season testing.

“Lewis is a great driver and I should never get upset if he is quicker than me at times,” Bottas said. “Then I just need to accept it and learn from those races.

“For sure I was beating myself up a lot last year when I was struggling but that’s all part of the learning process and you always learn about yourself as well every season.

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