Bottas Explains Why He Does Not See Red Bull or Mercedes Dominating F1 This Year

Published 04/25/2021, 4:13 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – April 15, 2021 Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas walks around the track ahead of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane


Mercedes have been ruling the grid since 2014 and have won every title on offer since then. However, their rivals Red Bull look to be gaining on them, as they are finally fielding a powerful car this year. So, while most believe that 2021 is the Austrian team’s year to dominate, Valtteri Bottas feels that dominating the track this year would be difficult for both teams today.

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The Brackley-based squad got lucky in the opening round of the season. Red Bull’s Max Verstappen was the favorite to win all throughout the weekend, but Hamilton got the better of him and brought home the win.

Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – April 16, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen in action during practice REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane

However, Imola panned out differently, to say the least. While Bottas’ crash forced him to retire from the race, Hamilton, too, drove himself into the barriers, falling down all the way to P9. Fortunately, he made a brilliant recovery and managed to secure a P2 finish.

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Valtteri Bottas doesn’t expect any team, including Mercedes, to dominate this year

Speaking after the Emilia GP, Bottas commented, “I think dominating a Grand Prix this year will be difficult seeing the starting point. We’ve seen quite big swings in performance track to track, but you never know. But I can’t see anyone really dominating this year.”

The Finn had a disappointing weekend at Imola. He only managed to qualify eighth for Sunday’s and it only got worse from there. The#77 Mercedes driver had a huge collision with George Russell, which saw them leave the GP empty-handed.

Bottas doesn’t agree that he broke the Gentleman’s code at Imola

Valtteri would like to heal from the wounds he suffered this past weekend at Imola. However, he stood his ground and doesn’t think he is the one to be blamed for the accident.

Speaking to Motorsport.com, Bottas said, “I didn’t make any sudden moves. I think it’s quite clear from his onboard as well, I always left a space.

Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – April 18, 2021 Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas and Williams’ George Russell in action during the race REUTERS/Jennifer Lorenzini

“No, from my side, it was clean. And of course I’m defending, I’m not going to make any room for him. But also when I race, I have respect. So I see it differently than him,” Bottas concluded.

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The Finn will be hoping to right some wrongs in the upcoming race in Portugal. He will aim to score some points to help Mercedes fight for the constructors’ championship.

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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