Four-time world champion Lewis Hamilton says that he expects Valtteri Bottas to be much stronger next season. Bottas joined the Silver Arrows as Nico Rosberg’s replacement this year, finishing third in the standings with three victories.

Throughout the season in qualifying, the average gap between Hamilton and Bottas was just under three-tenths of a second favour of the Briton, with Hamilton getting the better of his teammate on a total of 13 occasions. However, Hamilton is expecting the former Williams man to bounce back stronger next year.

“Valtteri’s been an amazing team-mate this year,” said Hamilton. “It’s not easy at all to go to a team for the first year, particularly as you already had plans to be somewhere else at the beginning of the year.

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