Valtteri Bottas has copped enough flak over the past few seasons to wear most people down. However, with mounting pressure on his seat, he has resolved to give it one last shot and have no regrets.
The Finnish driver has used all the negativity to help motivate him to achieve greater success on the track. Every now and again, he even takes a dig at others, no one lesser than Lewis Hamilton!
During Episode 3 of the Drive to Survive series, Bottas commented on Hamilton’s singing ability.
Bottas said with a smile when Hamilton was singing in the adjoining room during shooting, “I think he’s a better driver than a singer”.
Hamilton has notably confessed his interest in the music industry, with many speculating that he will look to establish a career there once he calls time on F1.
He often shares music content on his social media profiles and recently even appeared in a music video featuring Christina Aguilera.
“Lewis is a big worldwide star compared to me. Pretty much everyone knows the name Lewis Hamilton, but not so many people know the name Valtteri Bottas.
“But my strength against him is that I want the title more than him,” Bottas said.
Bottas barely competed for the championship last year and there is growing speculation that his seat is up for grabs at the end of next season.
However, he said that while Hamilton has been more successful than him, he has greater hunger.
“Although Lewis has won the titles, [whilst we have been] team mates over the years I’ve been with the team, I’m going into the new year starting afresh with this edge.
“I believe I can fight for the title and that’s of course my goal for the season. That’s my target, but it’s a long way until that and we need to take it really step by step,” said the Mercedes driver.
With the Mercedes engine also acting up ahead of the start of the upcoming season, life might become even tougher for Bottas this year.
Do you think he can give Hamilton a run for his money?