Lewis Hamilton’s immediate future in F1 appears to be in limbo. The Mercedes superstar is yet to sign a new deal; however, there have been many sticking points that have caused negotiations to come to a standstill. While the news of Hamilton’s contract status continues to hog the limelight, his teammate Valtteri Bottas doesn’t seem too perturbed.
Many have suggested a variety of theories as to why one of the most successful partnerships in F1 can’t see eye to eye. However, none of this concerns Bottas.
The Finn had his contract renewed for another year last July due to strong performances. Since then, Bottas’ form has fallen away a bit, and the emergence of George Russell means this could be his last year with the Silver Arrows.
As such, he intends to focus on his own driving and doesn’t care who his teammate will be for the upcoming campaign.
Valtteri was quoted by Racingnews365 saying (translated via Google), “I don’t care. All Formula 1 drivers are good, so whoever it gets, it will be tough. For now I can focus better on myself.”
Ever since Bottas landed up at Mercedes, he has been under the shadow of Hamilton. In four seasons together, Hamilton has dominated the headlines winning consecutive world titles while Bottas seemed content with playing second fiddle in an attempt to let the Brackley-based outfit seal the Constructors’ championship.
But this year, Bottas intends to change that. No doubt he would want Mercedes to continue their dominance but this time his aim is for him to be the star of the show.
He said, “Obviously I have only one goal. As a team we have been performing at the top for years now and we have won the constructors championship. My teammate has been beating me for years now, so my only goal is to beat him.
“I focus on myself and do not let me. If I do that and keep developing myself, it will be a good season.”
Can Bottas replicate what Nico Rosberg did in 2016? Can he dethrone the great Hamilton? Fans will have to wait until the 28th of March to find out.