Valtteri Bottas revealed that he thinks he “would have absolutely performed better” if he had signed a multi-year contract with Mercedes.
- The Finn is transitioning to Alfa Romeo for 2022, after being unable to claim a world title with the German team.
- In F1’s Beyond the Grid podcast, Bottas reflects on whether his attitude when he first arrived at Mercedes took a toll on his potential.
What he had to say:
- “I wanted to be champion. In a way, that feels like a failure that I haven’t achieved that with Mercedes. But I’ve tried everything and given everything but it just wasn’t meant to be.”
- “I should have been more patient. I said at the time, ‘I’m going to be champion’. I had to do it now. There were times when I tried too hard. The level at which Lewis [Hamilton] performed is difficult to match. If you try too much, the stopwatch doesn’t like it.”
- “If I knew in 2017 that I would be at the team for five years, I would’ve allowed myself a bit more time to learn things step by step. In my mind I thought it was a one-year oppournity. And then again, then again. That never gave me flexibility. With a multi-year contract, I would have absolutely performed better.”