“Better Driver Than a Singer” – Valtteri Bottas’ Hilarious Dig at Lewis Hamilton

Published 03/13/2021, 8:45 AM EST
NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – JULY 13: Pole position qualifier Valtteri Bottas of Finland and Mercedes GP celebrates in parc ferme during qualifying for the F1 Grand Prix of Great Britain at Silverstone on July 13, 2019 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)


Valtteri Bottas has received significant criticism from the people who believe he is not doing a good enough job alongside Lewis Hamilton. However, the Finn has consistently defended himself against such criticism.

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Instead of letting his critics tear him down, he uses this criticism to motivate himself. A report states that during Episode 3 of the Drive to Survive series, Bottas took a hilarious jab at his teammates’ singing skills.

“The fact Hamilton – who we hear singing in the room next door while the cameras are filming, with Bottas saying with a smile, ‘I think he’s a better driver than a singer’ – is known around the world does not make him a better racing driver.”

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For those unaware, Hamilton’s taken a keen interest in music and is often seen creating or sharing his work on social media. Notably, the defending champion appeared in a music video featuring Christina Aguilera.

Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – Second placed Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas during the press conference after the race FIA/Handout via REUTERS

“Lewis is a big worldwide star compared to me. Pretty much everyone knows the name Lewis Hamilton, but not so many people know the name Valtteri Bottas. But my strength against him is that I want the title more than him,” said the Finnish driver.

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Valtteri Bottas claims he can win the title this season

The Finnish driver had a string of bad luck last season. He fell way behind in the championship race. However, Bottas opened up about his winter preparations and believes he can win the title this season.

“Although Lewis has won the titles, [whilst we have been] team mates over the years I’ve been with the team, I’m going into the new year starting afresh with this edge.”

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SPIELBERG, AUSTRIA – Valtteri Bottas of Finland and Mercedes GP gives the crowd a thumbs up from the fan stage during previews ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Austria at Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria. (Photo by Charles Coates/Getty Images)

“Absolutely I believe I can fight for the title and that’s of course my goal for the season. That’s my target, but it’s a long way until that and we need to take it really step by step,” said the Mercedes driver.

Valtteri Bottas started the last season with a win. He will hope to start the 2021 campaign on a positive note as well. Hopefully, he will not run into a chain of bad lucks and continue to compete against Hamilton all season.

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Ayush Manjunath

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Ayush Manjunath is a Formula 1 author for EssentiallySports with more than 500 articles to his name. A Law graduate and a current Sports Management student, Ayush also has a certificate from UCLA on Sports, Media and Entertainment Management. He has an undying love for motorsports and lives to see Max Verstappen, George Russell, Charles Leclerc, and Lando Norris battle for the championship one day!

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