Bottas: I would not want to be my teammate either
Amid warnings that he is facing huge challenges teaming up with Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes ‘new boy’ Valtteri Bottas is pulling no punches as he declares his intent to become Formula World Champion with his new team.
Speaking on MTV, Bottas said, “My goal is the F1 world championship, I really have the opportunity to get it. We expect to be able to rack up many kilometers during the winter tests and, if all goes well, we will have a reliable and fast car to challenge for the title.”
Bottas also admitted that he was in touch with the man he replaced at Mercedes – Nico Rosberg – to get the World Champion’s point of view about driving for the Silver Arrows,
“It was good to talk to Nico,” said Bottas. “He has been with [Mercedes] for a long time and knows perfectly how things work from the driver’s point of view.”
“It’s hard to explain, but F1 has many different areas of work, especially during a grand prix weekend. The most important thing is to know how the team operates and how to collaborate with them to get the most out of the car, ” he added.
Last week Hamilton’s father, Anthony Hamilton, warned here>>> that he did not envy any driver who cam up against his son at Mercedes – a jibe clearly directed at Bottas.
Hamilton senior said, “Anybody who goes up against Lewis needs to have planned their career correctly because it could be a career-ending move when you go up against Lewis.”
The Finn responded to the comments with his own quip, “Well, I would not want to be my teammate either… I am not afraid to take on Hamilton. We have to wait, the season starts soon so we’ll see how it goes.”
Bottas career facts:
- Born: Nastola, Finland on Aug. 28, 1989 (27 years old).
- Bottas started racing go-karts at six years old and moved into single-seater car racing in 2007, when he finished third overall in the Formula Renault 2.0 series with three wins.
- The Finn was Formula Renault champion in 2008, with 12 wins, and competed in the Formula Three Euroseries in 2009 and 2010, finishing third overall in both seasons and becoming the first double winner of the Zandvoort Masters. In 2011 he won the GP3 championship.
- Joined Williams as a test driver in 2010 and appointed reserve driver in 2012, making his Formula One race debut for the team in 2013 alongside team mate Pastor Maldonado of Venezuela.
- Bottas made his first F1 podium appearance in Austria in 2014. He has nine career top-three finishes but has yet to win a grand prix in 77 starts. He is also yet to be beaten by a team mate in the overall standings.