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Valtteri Bottas reveals the one thing that surprised him most about Lewis Hamilton

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Lewis Hamilton’s liking for a party lifestyle masks just how much dedication and hard work he has put into wrapping up his fourth world driver’s title with two races still remaining.

Just ask team-mate Valtteri Bottas who joined Hamilton at Mercedes this season following former world champion Nico Rosberg’s retirement last year.

Globe-trotting Hamilton has his own private jet but has always denied his playboy reputation.

Sir Jackie Stewart speculated that a partying lifestyle had contributed to last season's runners-up spot. But the man who dated a Pussycat Doll, Nicole Scherzinger, on and off for seven years, hit back in May, telling Australia Men’s Health: “I’m no less focused than any of my peers. They live a different life. They go home and are not pictured at events.

“I train just as much as them — maybe more. But I do this other stuff. I have so much energy. I train, I travel, I’m learning about music and fashion, reading a lot. I just want to experience everything.

“If I can be in the studio with Jay Z, with Pharrell, am I going to do it? S*** yeah. I like to be around greatness.”

Usain Bolt, on a pre-race spin at the US Grand Prix, added: “If I can be in the studio with Jay Z, with Pharrell, am I going to do it? S*** yeah. I like to be around greatness.”

Bottas on how Hamilton has surprised him

A concurring Bottas found the less-public side of Hamilton to be an eye-opener.

He told Motorsport.tv's weekly programme The Flying Lap: "I always knew he was a good driver, but I never knew how much he works.

"He works hard, he spends a lot of time with the guys, at the race weekends, visits the factory quite a bit.

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"I didn't know him as a person at all really, it was only what I've seen from the outside.

"This year, I've learned he's a very nice guy, just a normal human being, as the rest of us.

"[He has] good manners, good respect and doesn't play any games."

Bottas hoping to learn more from Hamilton

Currently lying third in the world rankings with two wins on the circuit this season, Bottas has helped Mercedes to their fourth consecutive constructor’s title. And on a personal level, the Finn is hoping to learn from Hamilton as he refuses to rest on his laurels ahead of next season.

"I've learned massively this year from the whole team, from Lewis and from my own struggles," he added. "I believe if I work hard during the winter, analyse everything and start the new season with a team I know and with a car that I know much better because I didn't know it at all this season, I'm expecting much more."

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