JEREZ DE LA FRONTERA, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 01: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP looks on during the unveiling of the new W06 outside the team garage during day one of Formula One Winter Testing at Circuito de Jerez on February 1, 2015 in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

Everyone is waiting with anticipation to see Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas go head to head this season with the Finn leaving Williams to fill the empty seat at Mercedes when Nico Rosberg opted to retire after winning the 2016 Formula One World title.

While many, including Valtteri himself, look at this move as a fantastic opportunity to show exactly how good he is in a car that has the potential to win races and championships, Lewis Hamilton’s father has warned that it may not be all sunshine and roses, in fact it could be a ‘career ending’ move.

"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 told Sky Sports. "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."

It is without a doubt that Hamilton will be fully focused on winning his fourth F1 crown, especially after losing out to Rosberg in 2016, and his father is convinced that even with the regulation changes, Lewis will be an unmovable force.

"Lewis only ever thinks about winning," he said. "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 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."