Lewis Hamilton says he is just a “small link in a long chain” at Mercedes and doesn’t see himself as the “leader of the team”.

With Nico Rosberg retiring on the back of his 2016 Drivers’ Championship, it meant Hamilton had a new team-mate in Valterri Bottas.

The Finn made a solid start to the season, but he eventually fell away and finished third in the standings as Hamilton won a fourth title with Sebastian Vettel finishing second.

Hamilton has several years on Bottas as 2017 marked his 10th full campaign in F1 and his fifth year as a Merc driver while the Finn only made his debut in 2013.

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