Valtteri Bottas revealed the various mental lessons he learned from battling Lewis Hamilton, saying that mental battles are as key as the racing bit.
Bottas said his goodbyes to Mercedes after five successful years with the team. He left a 10-time race winner and a key cog in their Constructors’ Championship-winning machine.
However, he never quite reached the level of his teammate, who won four world titles in the Finn’s presence.
The 2021 Turkish GP winner now heads to Alfa Romeo, where he will use all the lessons learned at Mercedes to help the Italian team out. However, there is one lesson he took more than others.
Bottas revealed the various mental lessons he learned from battling Hamilton, and said that F1 was as much a sport contested in the head.
“I’ve definitely learned a lot about myself,” he said, as quoted by GP Fans.
“If you really compare if it’s a physical or mental sport, I feel like it’s so much about the head. Definitely, I’ve learned just to accept mistakes and learn from the mistakes. That learning part and being able to learn to be honest to myself, that’s one big thing.”
“There was always a risk for me to try too hard,” he added.
“Not allowing myself enough time to get to the point where I wanted to be, so just allowing myself to accept that it’s quite tricky to go up against Lewis and I can’t always beat him.
“That’s just a fact because of his consistency, his talent and the work he puts in. I also know I can do it, just not maybe beating myself up too much when that doesn’t happen. That’s been quite a big thing.
“I just learned what works for me, in terms of the mindset going to the races, and what to do between them,” he concluded.