Five or Six Years at Mercedes Means I Need To Win F1 Title Atleast Once: Valtteri Bottas

Published 05/19/2021, 11:59 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – April 15, 2021 Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas in the FIA Press Conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS


For a while Valtteri Bottas has come under fire for not being able to keep up with Lewis Hamilton. The Finn joined Mercedes in 2017 after Nico Rosberg’s sudden retirement after winning the title. Since then, he has not provided an adequate challenge to his teammate, Hamilton.

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Bottas, too, is well aware that he needs to do better and fight for the title. He said, “If you have spent 5 or 6 years in the best team, they expect you to win the championship at least once.

“This is how it works, so is F1, and I totally understand that. I definitely have to push the team, but of course in a good way. I want all the advantages to be on my side and I want to make sure that I am the one with the better strategy.”

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Valtteri Bottas knows that he needs to step up to the plate

There have been occasions where the Finnish driver has made Hamilton sweat. However, those moments are often few and far in between and not at the level of Rosberg‘s own challenge. For example, he matched Hamilton on the win counter in the early part of the 2019 season. However, his challenge soon fizzled out and he had to settle for second best.

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Formula One F1 – Spanish Grand Prix – Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain – May 8, 2021 Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas during the press conference after qualifying in third position FIA/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS – THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES

In 2021, Valtteri Bottas is in danger of seeing his championship challenge fade out yet again. Instead, Max Verstappen has taken his place as Hamilton’s title rival. On the bright side, Bottas seems to be doing well enough to help the Mercedes team in the constructor’s championship.

That will be little comfort for him, as he knows that the driver’s title is the real prize. In his fifth year with Mercedes, the 31-year-old has acknowledged that it is high time that he grabbed a championship of his own. Of course, he will have to try and muscle past his own teammate, Max Verstappen, and other potential rivals.

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