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Valtteri Bottas hits back at Anthony Hamilton 'career killer' jibe

Valtteri Bottas replies to what might be seen as the opening salvo in a new psychological battle between Mercedes's F1 drivers.

Valtteri Bottas has replied to what might be seen as the opening salvo in a new psychological battle between Mercedes's Formula 1 drivers.

Claims by Lewis Hamilton's father Anthony that the triple world champion is a "career killer" for his teammates was widely interpreted as the first mind game fired at Finn Bottas.

On a one-year contract, Bottas has been signed up by Mercedes to replace the now-retired Nico Rosberg, who shared a famously strained relationship with Hamilton dating back to 2013.

When asked about the "career killer" jibe by Finnish broadcaster MTV, Bottas commented: "Well, I wouldn't want to be my teammate, either.

"Let's wait and see. The season starts soon so we'll see how it goes."

The 27-year-old ended 2016 in eighth place in the driver rankings for Williams.

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