Valtteri Bottas Explains “What Would Be More Disappointing” Than Losing to Hamilton Again

Published 03/08/2021, 7:30 AM EST
MONTE-CARLO, MONACO – Top three finishers Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP, Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Ferrari and Valtteri Bottas of Finland and Mercedes GP stand on the podium during the F1 Grand Prix of Monaco at Circuit de Monaco in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)


Valtteri Bottas hasn’t been able to defeat his teammate, Lewis Hamilton, since the time he joined Mercedes, always coming second behind the Knight. He finished last season with 223 points, but it wasn’t good enough to stop Hamilton from winning his seventh title. Now, Bottas has stated that he would try his best to beat Hamilton this season, just as he does every year.

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Occasionally, the Finn has shown potential and beaten Lewis, often matching his performance around the track. However, that has never materialized, as the Briton has come out on top almost every time.

LE CASTELLET, FRANCE: Second place qualifier Valtteri Bottas of Finland and Mercedes GP looks on in parc ferme during qualifying for the F1 Grand Prix of France at Circuit Paul Ricard in Le Castellet, France. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

Valtteri Bottas says that he should have put in more effort and could have done things better

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Upon being asked about never beating his teammate, the Finn said, “Of course, in a way, it would be disappointing, because I’ve been teammates with Lewis now several years, and obviously every year that is the goal. But what would be more disappointing is if I look back and realize things that I could have done better or I should have put more effort.”

He added, “I don’t want to leave any what ifs after this year, that’s the ultimate goal. If I give everything I have, if I maximise like I said myself and the people around me, and give everything I have, then there’s no regrets.

“But I’m speaking as if it’s not with Lewis that I’m fighting or winning titles. I haven’t really thought that far. I’m putting full focus on this season and obviously, then we’ll see after.”, Bottas concluded.

One year to chase down the dream of being a champion

Valtteri Bottas has extended his contract with the Brackley-based team for another year, just like Hamilton. This could be his final year in F1 and with Mercedes, and thus, he hopes to fight his teammate for the title.

The Finn still believes that he can beat the British driver; however, the battle between the two drivers will be tough, as Hamilton aims for his eighth title and Bottas doing his best to stop him from doing so.

NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – JULY 13: Pole position qualifier Valtteri Bottas of Finland and Mercedes GP celebrates in parc ferme during qualifying for the F1 Grand Prix of Great Britain at Silverstone on July 13, 2019 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

Bottas will have his chance once the season goes underway. The opening race in Bahrain will kick off the rivalry between the teammates once again.

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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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