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Hakkinen Tips Compatriot for Future Glory

Mika Hakkinen believes Williams driver Valtteri Bottas has all the attributes to go on and become a world champion in the future.

Following a strong career in the lower ranks, the Finn has impressed since making his F1 debut in 2013, finishing fourth in the standings in 2014 and fifth this season.

At just 26, he also still has plenty of time to develop and rumours are rife that Ferrari are hoping to recruit him to replace compatriot Kimi Raikkonen at the end of next year.

Bottas is still, however, to claim his first race win on the circuit and is currently working with Hakkinen in a bid to improve his chances.

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The 47-year-old twice won the Drivers’ Championship during his career and had a reputation for being one of the toughest competitors on the grid.

Having spent time with Bottas, he believes his fellow Finn has all the attributes to go and win the world title in the future.

“I am working with Valtteri Bottas and I am very proud of him,” Hakkinen wrote in his latest blog for McLaren. “He has a great personality and that, in many ways, is as vital to becoming a complete driver as is being quick.

“When he and I first met, I invited him to my apartment in Monaco, and we had a productive discussion about what he wanted from his career. Valtteri said he wanted to become Formula One world champion, and I had no doubts about his ability to do so.”

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