Anthony Hamilton thinks being Lewis’ Teammate can end an F1 Career

*GULP*… Was that Valtteri Bottas? No. It will take more than mere words to deter the likes of an ice-cool Finn, but Lewis Hamilton’s dad, Anthony Hamilton, believes that anybody that faces his son better have another option near the exit door of the garage.

Nico Rosberg managed to win the title and still look like he was leaving the sport with his tail between his legs, but the incoming Valtteri Bottas is a different type of driver altogether. Anthony Hamilton, who held down three different jobs to support his son’s career early on and then managed Lewis up until 2010, thinks that the three-time World Champion is such an intense competitor, that he can ‘end careers’.

MONZA, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 10: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Art GP2 team celebrates winning the GP2 championship with his Father Anthony Hamilton after finishing second in the last GP2 race of the year, prior to the Formula One Grand Prix at the Autodromo di Monza on September 10, 2006 in Monza, Italy (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
MONZA, ITALY – SEPTEMBER 10: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Art GP2 team celebrates winning the GP2 championship with his Father Anthony Hamilton after finishing second in the last GP2 race of the year, prior to the Formula One Grand Prix at the Autodromo di Monza on September 10, 2006 in Monza, Italy (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

“Anybody who goes up against Lewis needs to have planned their career correctly because it could be a career-ending move when you go up against Lewis.”

– Anthony Hamilton

Hamilton Sr. also believes that Lewis Hamilton is only just hitting the peak of his abilities. Looking at other greats on the grid like Fernando Alonso and even Jenson Button the year before last, suggests that the truly great drivers can perform at the top level well into their thirties.

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“I personally think, while he’s getting older and more mature, he’s still actually heading towards the prime of his career. So Lewis is going to be a force to be reckoned with this year.”

– Anthony Hamilton

MONTE-CARLO, MONACO - MAY 29: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP celebrates his win in parc ferme during the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit de Monaco on May 29, 2016 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)
MONTE-CARLO, MONACO – MAY 29: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP celebrates his win in parc ferme during the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit de Monaco on May 29, 2016 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

Anthony Hamilton also acknowledged that whilst they were happy for Rosberg last season, ‘luck’ parading around as mechanical attrition played its part and hasn’t deterred the Brit from putting everything into fighting for the title in 2017.

“He’s happy for Nico, like we all are to be quite honest. We’ve known him a long time and Nico has really worked hard.

You need a little bit of luck along the way, and he’s had that, but I think Lewis is just looking forward now to winning the championship back on his own merit.”

– Anthony Hamilton

It is a crucial year for Lewis Hamilton after last season. After the 2015 season in which he absolutely dominated, 2016 was disappointing. He did have an engine curse, but he was also poor getting away from his grid slot on too many occasions. This is probably one of the things that he will have been focusing on in the winter. He lost far too many places from the race start last season, whereas Rosberg nailed it most of the time.

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Valtteri Bottas shouldn’t feel too deterred by Anthony Hamilton’s comments. It could be perceived that the more intense the pre-season fluffing is, the greater the anxiety. The Finnish driver hasn’t had a go in top machinery yet and is an unknown quantity in this sense. We think he will be a bigger handful than Nico Rosberg, despite how much the German improved last season.

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