Valtteri Bottas has accepted that he needs to do better to win the WDC and become champion.
The Finn joined Mercedes in 2017, but hasn’t won the WDC ever. He has been called out for not mounting a serious challenge to teammate and seven-time champion Lewis Hamilton.
Bottas accepted that he needs to perform better and become a title contender.
“If you have spent 5 or 6 years in the best team, they expect you to win the championship at least once. This is how it works, so is F1, and I totally understand that,” he said.
“I definitely have to push the team, but of course in a good way. I want all the advantages to be on my side and I want to make sure that I am the one with the better strategy.”
Hindsight is 20/20
In his time at Mercedes, Bottas has shown flashes of brilliance. Some of those moments have even posed a threat to Hamilton, giving him a run for his money. But these times are rare, and Bottas inconsistent at delivering them.
For example, in 2019, Bottas was neck-and-neck with Hamilton. By the end of the season, his momentum has stalled.
This season, he is watching Hamilton and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen battle it out for the WDC. He has regressed into a second driver role for Mercedes, keeping the likes of Sergio Perez and Lando Norris at bay.
With the potential he has, it is disappointing to see him take up the role of assisting Hamilton for his eighth championship. He is therefore justified in being concerned that he hasn’t been champion yet.
The 31-year-old has the car and the tools for the job. However, he will to beat the likes of Max Verstappen to get there, not to mention his own teammate.