Valtteri Bottas ‘Has No Chance Against’ Lewis Hamilton, Claims Former F1 Driver

Published 01/28/2021, 8:28 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Turkish Grand Prix – Istanbul Park, Istanbul, Turkey – November 15, 2020 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton is congratulated by Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas after winning the race and the world championship Pool via REUTERS/Kenan Asyali


Lewis Hamilton beat Valtteri Bottas by 124 points in the 2020 season. With 11 wins and 14 podiums, the Briton was way ahead of his teammate. It is essential for the Finnish driver to close the point gap with Hamilton. If he can’t then at least be the best driver behind him because Verstappen is catching up fast.

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However, a Former F1 driver thinks Bottas can’t beat Hamilton.

The pair have been teammates for four years now. Despite beating Hamilton from time to time, the Finn was not consistent enough with his results. He remained in Hamilton’s rearview mirror most of the time.

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Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton after qualifying in pole position alongside second placed Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas Pool via REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

Gerhard Berger said, “Lewis is definitely a first class pilot. In addition to his amazing speed and incredible talent, he now has a certain amount of experience. His teammate Valtteri Bottas is not a slow pilot either, but he has no chance against Hamilton. In fact, this is the case for most pilots.”

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SHANGHAI, CHINA – APRIL 14: Race winner Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP celebrates in parc ferme during the F1 Grand Prix of China at Shanghai International Circuit in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)

Berger solidified Hamilton’s success and stated, “I think Lewis is the best on the grid right now.” He has witnessed extraordinary success since he joined Mercedes in 2013. However, the champion is currently between contract renewal talks with the Brackley team.

The F1 community expects a final announcement on the contract soon. It is expected that Hamilton will continue his dominant partnership with Mercedes. In that case, he will have another year to battle it out with Valtteri Bottas.

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Do you think the Finn will be able to take the fight to Hamilton next season?

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Ayush Manjunath

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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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