Valtteri Bottas Believes the Best is Yet to Come Following Hamilton Drubbing

Published 10/27/2020, 5:26 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Eifel Grand Prix – Nurburgring, Nurburg, Germany – Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas during a press conference after qualifying FIA/Handout via REUTERS


Lewis Hamilton locked in his record 92nd win at the Portuguese Grand Prix. Valtteri Bottas clinched the second position, followed by Max Verstappen in third on the podium.

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The podium holders were seen answering questions in FIA’s post-race conference in Portugal. In the video conference, Valtteri Bottas said that he feels like he’s still peaking.

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Valtteri Bottas on beating Lewis Hamilton

Valtteri Bottas was questioned on the possibility of him beating Lewis Hamilton. Bottas acknowledged that beating Lewis is not an easy feat.

“It’s difficult, but I know it’s possible and that’s the thing. And if I give up, it won’t ever be possible and that will be the biggest mistake to do,” he answered.

Formula One F1 – Russian Grand Prix – Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia – Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas celebrates with the trophy on the podium after winning the race. Pool via REUTERS/Bryn Lennon

On Max being younger, the Finn pointed out that he still has a few years left under his belt. He clarified, “Obviously Max is a bit younger, I’m 31 now but I still feel like I’m peaking.

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“I’m not yet there and hopefully, soon, I will be and I also feel I still have quite a few years and I’ll keep pushing and that’s it.” Bottas mentioned that it’s not easy to beat Lewis. He further added that he doesn’t want things to be easy for him.

The 31-year-old was on top of Lewis Hamilton all weekend at Portimao; that is, until the champion’s last lap at qualifying where he stole the pole position from Valtteri on his last lap.

Valtteri Bottas is currently P2 in the Drivers’ Championship standings with 179 points, barely 17 points off of Max Verstappen at P3.

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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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