Valtteri Bottas admits that he puts a “negative” image on his computer desktop as extra motivation.
Mental form is as important as physical form in Formula 1. Motivation can be a game-changer in the sport, so it is crucial for teams and drivers to be in the right state of mind to compete at the best level possible. The Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff has revealed that one of his encouragement tactics for his employees is to use an image of an opponent. One of his drivers Bottas also uses such a method.
“I don’t carry a picture of Lewis or Max in my pocket,” Bottas said.
“I have one [image], actually inspired by the chats with Toto last year. I have one thing on my computer, a desktop picture, that is a motivation to me every time I open the computer,” he added.
The Finn explains that the image proves him that he needs to prove the naysayers wrong.
“It’s not really a positive thing. It’s a negative thing that always reminds me to show them what I can do,” he commented