Being partnered to a four-time Components One world champion Lewis Hamilton and belonging to the highest workforce within the sport at this time places numerous strain to Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas.
The Finn has not received a race because the begin of the 2018 F1 season. His final victory got here in Abu Dhabi final 12 months. The highlights of his profession this 12 months up to now are his six podium finishes.
The statistics of Bottas undoubtedly pales compared with Hamilton’s seven wins this season. It was additionally nothing in comparison with his efficiency in 2017, which gained him three wins, 10 podiums finishes, and 4 pole positions.
Bottas admitted in his interview with Autosport that it’s arduous to beat Hamilton within the race, and he’s not gunning for the championship anymore. He stated that he solely needs “no matter is feasible within the championship” now.
The Mercedes driver revealed that he’s aiming to not less than land within the third place when the 2018 season ends. He identified that he nonetheless retains himself motivated although regardless of the dearth of fine ends in his current races.
Proper now, Bottas is within the fourth place of the F1 driver standings with 171 factors. He’s solely three factors behind Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen however that’s a far cry from Hamilton’s 281 factors.
The risk posed by Vettel even made Mercedes F1 boss Toto Wolff think about relegating Bottas to a assist place to Hamilton, which the Finn welcomed. Nonetheless, Bottas earlier took offense to the “wingman” reference made by his boss directed to him.
To his credit score, the animosity between Hamilton and Rosberg shouldn’t be that evident between Bottas and Hamilton. Kudos additionally for Bottas’ willingness to be a workforce participant throughout these instances when Mercedes was falling behind Ferrari.
With the 40-point lead of Hamilton over Vettel and 37-point benefit of Mercedes versus Ferrari, Bottas hopes that his workforce will now not implement workforce orders.
Dangle in there Valtteri!
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