Hamilton was asked if his Mercedes team-mate Bottas, who finished fifth last year, has changed at all over the winter break.
“I don’t think so. He’s motivated every year,” he said.
Those quotes were then put to Bottas in the drivers’ press conference this afternoon.
And the Finn insisted that he had in fact made psychological changes in a bid to win a first world title.
“For sure, if you look at the results, it is very early in the season, it is one race, but I can for sure say something in my mind has changed for the year,” Bottas said.
“The preparation over the winter and just the way I feel and think about things have changed.
“It is quite difficult to explain in detail but I feel quite different to years before.”
Bottas won the season-opening Australian Grand Prix, beating Hamilton by 21 seconds.
The 29-year-old is hoping to continue the momentum come rights out in Bahrain on Sunday.
“It is normally been quite a strong race for me but every year you still need to qualify well,” he added.
“I think this year might be a bit better in terms of overtaking with the new DRS zone.
“I thinks till ultimately the race pace is going to be important.
“It has been a strong race for me in the past and I rate it quite well on my list.
“But obviously the aim is to approach every weekend to be on top of your game and to not have any bad races.”
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