Although Lewis Hamilton stormed to his sixth world championship, his teammate Valtteri Bottas harried him all the way. Sadly, the Briton wrapped up everything with two races left on the Formula One calendar.
After a forgettable 2018 season that saw many question his ability to keep up, he gave them the perfect answer this year. Four wins and podiums in all but 4 races, can attest to that incredible form.
In the first half of the season, Mercedes got a head-start, with Hamilton and Bottas winning 10 races between them. The Finn drew first blood in Australia and as he crossed the finish line, he quipped, “To whoever it may concern, F*** you!”.
— Mercedes-AMG F1 (@MercedesAMGF1) November 7, 2019
Now, at the Mercedes factory, both Bottas and Hamilton were celebrating a championship double. Valtteri Bottas was told, that he has 67 points more than his entire 2018 tally, even with two races still to go. So, the 30-year old Finn simply said, “To whom it may concern, thank you!”
With the 2019 championship wrapped up, his focus will now be on seeing out the season and looking ahead to 2020. Valtteri Bottas will surely be motivated to fight for a maiden Formula 1 world title in 2020 after his defeat to Hamilton.
Speaking to the media, he said, “The direction is clear for me in terms of my development overall. It’s a good momentum now. In terms of race pace, which has been my weakness in the years before, I’ve made huge gains by working really hard with the engineers, you know, every single detail of my driving and setup.”
“That’s getting better and that gives me real confidence for next year and, unlike at the end of last year, now I really look forward to the year ahead.”
“I’m already excited to start the next season and start from fresh. So that’s going to be good fun.”