“I Don’t Know If I Should Cry or Laugh” – Valtteri Bottas Reflects on His Mercedes F1 Bad Luck

Published 08/17/2021, 8:52 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Steiermark Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria – June 26, 2021 Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas after qualifying in second place REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger


Since the start of the season, Valtteri Bottas has been involved in a persistent run of bad luck which has eventually cost him several championship points.

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During the Monaco Grand Prix, the Finnish driver was running strong in second place. But as Bottas entered the pit lane, he never came back out because of the jammed wheel nut, marking the second botched pit stop of the season.

With the series of unsatisfactory results at the start of the season, Valtteri Bottas has been heavily rumored with a move away from Mercedes. In addition, 23-year-old George Russell is considered as the front runner to replace the Finnish driver at Silver Arrows.

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Meanwhile, the 2019 and 2020 driver’s championship runner-up Bottas has opened up on the series of bad luck in Formula 1.

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What did Valtteri Bottas say?

As quoted by the Hypebeast, when asked about the persistent run of bad luck this season, Valtteri Bottas replied, “It’s not fun. Sometimes I don’t know if I should cry or laugh because it almost feels like there’s been an incredible amount of bad luck happening. Sometimes there’ll be things you can’t affect so you just need to try and move on.

Formula One F1 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary – August 1, 2021. Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas after retiring from the race REUTERS/David W Cerny.

“What hurts the most is if I make a mistake myself and if I have a bad weekend, because I haven’t performed at the level I should be performing at. That’s more painful and I am always trying to learn from each situation.

“It’s not been the best season with mixed results and lacking pace, but here we are and there’s still a long, long year ahead,” added the Finnish driver.

Being Lewis Hamilton’s teammate is not easy: Bottas

Valtteri Bottas replaced the outgoing 2016 world champion, Nico Rosberg, at Mercedes in 2017. Since then, the former Williams driver has secured 17 pole positions, 53 podiums, and nine victories.

However, the Finnish driver reveals being the teammate of the seven-time world champion, Lewis Hamilton is extremely difficult.

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“Being Lewis’ teammate is not easy because he’s pretty fast, both in qualifying and especially in the races. It makes me push myself more and always try to dig deeper or try new things because I know I need to give absolutely everything I can if I want to beat him,” said Valtteri Bottas.

Formula One F1 – British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain – July 18, 2021. Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates on the podium after winning the race with third place Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas REUTERS/Peter Cziborra.

“It’s also been really enjoyable, to be honest. We’ve been able to work really well as a team and if you look back at the last four years, we’ve managed to achieve great things as a team, so it keeps me working hard,” added Bottas.

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Can Valtteri Bottas turn his fortune around in the second half of the season? What do you think? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Pingaksh Sharma

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Pingaksh Sharma is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been following this sport since India hosted the Grand Prix in 2012 and has been an ardent supporter of the eventual race winner, Sebastian Vettel. He is also a fan of Max Verstappen and Red Bull and hopes the former breaks the Lewis Hamilton dominance.

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