“I also knew that it was more or less an incident. And for me, after those outages, it makes no sense to linger too long in disappointment. Or to p*** off everyone.
“Then the working relationship will not improve. You also have to make sure that everyone stays on the same page and that we have a pleasant working relationship.”
And Hamilton is expecting a fierce battle from Verstappen and the Red Bull team, who have replaced Alex Albon with Sergio Perez, who was brilliant for Racing Point in 2020.
“We’ve obviously got a fight on our hands next year,” Hamilton said after watching Verstappen win the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
“Without a doubt, these guys are going to be strong, as this car [Verstappen] is driving now is next year’s car pretty much, and the same for us.
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“I’m excited for that challenge, and that battle that we hopefully will get.”
And Bottas said: “If we think about the big pictures, now in this team, being beaten by Red Bull at the last race of the season [in Abu Dhabi], for sure it motivates us even more to work hard over the winter for next year to make sure this doesn’t happen again.”