Not Hamilton or Verstappen! Bottas Names a Shocking Favorite for 2021 F1 Title

Published 10/07/2021, 11:15 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Turkish Grand Prix – Intercity Istanbul Park, Istanbul, Turkey – October 7, 2021 Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas during a press conference ahead of the Turkish Grand Prix Pool via REUTERS/Sedat Suna


Valtteri Bottas has become the new funny guy on the grid. As the season reaches its last phase, a common question in the driver’s conference is a poll on who will take home the big trophy at the end of the season. The Mercedes driver responded to the question with a very witty answer.

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Currently, third in the driver’s championship, Bottas has Lando Norris 12 points behind him while Verstappen is a whopping 93.5 points ahead of him. When asked who he thinks will take the title this year, Bottas replied, “I still have a theoretical chance! After me? Lewis.”

Formula One F1 – Italian Grand Prix – Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza, Italy – September 12, 2021 Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas celebrates on the podium with finishing third place in the race REUTERS/Jennifer Lorenzini

If the current protagonists fail to score points over the next seven rounds while Bottas wins every single one of them… there’s a good chance for the Finn!

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With Bottas leaving for Alfa Romeo next season, the driver and the fans await a Mercedes win before his exodus from the team. With seven races left in the season, even though Bottas leads a race, chances are, team orders will come in the way; the championship fight is too tight for Hamilton to miss out on points.

While Bottas’ day on the victor’s step will come soon, the chances of the driver lifting the championship trophy are unfortunately forlorn.

Valtteri Bottas wants to win

Bottas is moving from the strongest team on the grid to one that isn’t in the midfield battle. While one to nine seems like quite the jump, Bottas isn’t worried about it.

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As Alfa Romeo has only seven points against its name, Valtteri is sure results will be different next season. ” I know that they haven’t really developed this year’s car and they haven’t really progressed this year. But I know the efforts they’re putting in for the future so I’m not too worried, it’s not going to improve suddenly this season, for them. That’s a fact.”

Formula One F1 – Italian Grand Prix – Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza, Italy – September 10, 2021 Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas during qualifying REUTERS/Jennifer Lorenzini

Despite joking about the championship, he wants a win to his name. “I want to win and also I really want us to get the fifth constructors’ title and obviously if it’s not me winning the championship, I want that to be Lewis.”

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Revealing his motivation for the upcoming races, Bottas said, “For me, individual race results – that is still the big motivation for me.” Seven races hold seven opportunities for the Finn. Will we see Valtteri repping Mercedes at least one last time on the top step of the rostrum? One can only hope.

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Shreya Sanjeev

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Shreya Sanjeev is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having attained a journalism degree from St Xavier's College, she finds comfort in the sound of her keyboard while typing and excitement in the sound of F1 cars speeding on a track. A street circuit and Daniel Ricciardo fan through and through, Shreya claims the 2018 Monaco GP to be one of her favorite races of all time.

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