Bottas doesn’t need to defend his F1 performances

Bottas achieved as runner-up contained in the F1 drivers’ championship for the second time in 2020, nonetheless did not deal with a sustained draw back to Mercedes teammate Hamilton for the title.

Hamilton acquired 11 races en path to his seventh world title, whereas Bottas could declare merely two victories, leaving him a distant 124 elements behind contained in the championship standings.

Hamilton has repeatedly talked up Bottas’s strengths as his teammate. The pair have raced collectively since 2017 and bought the constructors’ championship for Mercedes in every of these seasons.

Requested by how impressed he had been with Bottas’s reveals this yr, Hamilton talked about he didn’t know “what number of additional good phrases I can say about Valtteri”.

“I don’t suppose Valtteri ought to defend his effectivity, and I don’t really actually really feel like I’ve to,” Hamilton talked about.

“I actually really feel he’s continued to work at it, and we’ve undoubtedly had very, very shut qualifyings, notably this yr.

“Like I mentioned prior to, it’s actually not simple having robust teammates. It’s a unbroken battle between you, each mentally and emotionally all yr prolonged.

“What’s actually good with us is that we wrestle it out laborious on-track, nonetheless then as quickly as we’re exterior, we cope with to deal with a gentleman working relationship, and I actually really feel that’s an infinite exhibiting of his character and character as a person.

“I do know subsequent yr he will probably be taking additional steps, so I’ve started working a means and work out how I can uncover some additional velocity for subsequent yr.”

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Bottas scored 5 pole positions all by way of the course of the 2020 season, nonetheless transformed it correct proper right into a race win merely as rapidly as on the season-opening Austrian Grand Prix.

The Finn admitted that ending second contained in the standings “can’t be that satisfying”, and conceded on the FIA Prize Giving that his personal yr was “a bit blended”.

“In reality I didn’t meet my targets for the yr within the case of outcomes,” Bottas talked about.

“Nonetheless now wanting on the massive image, there are such a lot of optimistic factors and so many additional programs realized about driving and about myself.

“It’s the entire thing I can carry into subsequent yr, and actually flip that correct proper into an influence, and check out as quickly as further.”

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