Valteri Bottas: It's difficult to see the real personalities on track
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Valteri Bottas has been on the F1 scene for 10 years and has been through a lot. Now he is much more experienced and has many lessons behind him. In an interview with the media, Bottas revealed that he now has a totally different mindset than at the beginning of his career, when he took things too seriously.
"As a rookie I would have not come to the paddock with a tank top and flipflops, not even a few years back," he said, as quoted by motorsport.com "Now it's a bit easier. I don't take myself too seriously. Definitely times have changed but it is [part of] the sport when you're a rookie you've gone through the system and you're almost educated how to behave and so on.
But then it seems there comes a some point in time when you say: "Deal with it."
Valteri Bottas on F1 drivers and personalities
The Finn revealed that things are not as they appear on the TV screen and in the media. Many of the F1 drivers do not have the opportunity to show their true personalities.
They are limited in what they can say, but the F1 job is such that you sometimes have to keep things to yourself. "It is tricky getting to Formula 1. Sometimes it's difficult to see the real personalities on track. Obviously, once you get to know the drivers better outside the track then you can really see their personality.
But the way you do the interviews, the way you behave with sponsors, it's usually pretty standard." Daniel Ricciardo was also cited as an example of one of the people who showed his true 'self' Ricciardo is a man with enormous charisma.
"Over the last 10 years there were some personalities like Daniel Ricciardo who really came up showing his personality. I think it's good to see but it is how it is because it's serious business and there's big companies and big money involved."