Valtteri Bottas says that since "Lewis is the best driver in the history of Formula 1" it is a good thing to know that "sometimes" he could beat him. Before moving to Alfa Romeo, the Finnish driver talked forThe Race about his time at Mercedes.
“I can’t say I exceeded any of my expectations,” Bottas said. "Personally, I have quite high expectations of myself. Maybe a little too high. I can't say I exceeded anything. " “Where I feel like I failed, it is obvious that I failed to win the title.
But with Lewis, it wasn't easy. He always had the advantage. " “I feel like those who know about sports and who follow sports definitely admit that they can be pretty fast in their day. The basic level of a driver like Lewis is so high that it's pretty hard to beat him all the time.
” Bottas then said the key to winning the championship was consistency, and Lewis rarely had a drop in performance. “It’s a very mental sport, and I think Lewis’ strength is consistency and there are rarely any bad weekends in terms of performance.
If it varies, it's just marginal. " "But I have to say that there have been moments in these five years that I don't know if I should cry or laugh because of my happiness because I don't really feel like I've been the happiest driver with a lot of things."
"(A) and this year (2021), as well as the start of the season, was quite a disaster with incidents and things like that, and then something that seemed like almost endless penalties (for changing the engine)."
Bottas on Lewis
Valtteri then added that he was unhappy that he could not beat Hamilton in the title fight, but on the other hand, he was pleased that he sometimes managed to beat the best driver in the history of Formula 1.
"I think it's both. The biggest thing for me is a bit of failure because I haven't been able to win the title in these five years with Mercedes, and Lewis always manages to win it. " “But in that sense, Lewis is the best driver in the history of Formula 1.
Knowing that I can beat him sometimes is a nice thing,” Valtteri stressed. “You always strive for perfection and if you are not perfect, you cannot be happy. So that's what it is. But I'm sure that when I start with another team, I will have a different perspective when I leave this team, and that is that there are many things that I can definitely be proud of. " "I have to be proud and I have to try to be positive," concluded Valtteri Bottas