Lewis Hamilton almost drove former teammate Valtteri Bottas to the brink of retiring from F1 during their time together at Mercedes, the Finn has confessed.
Bottas, now at Alfa Romeo, joined Mercedes when they needed to fill the void left by Nico Rosberg’s retirement days after winning his maiden world championship in 2016.
Between 2017 and 2021, the 32-year-old was unable to get the better of Lewis Hamilton, despite being in what was arguably the most dominant car on the F1 grid. This was made most evident by the stats of the pair.
The Briton won four titles, with 50 wins, 42 pole positions, and 78 podiums during those aforemention five seasons. In contrast, Bottas had 10 wins, 20 poles, and 58 podiums. Hamilton also outscored the Finn by nearly 600 points during that period.
Having now assumed the role of team leader at Alfa Romeo as opposed to playing second fiddle to Lewis Hamilton at the Silver Arrows, Bottas reflected on how he came close to quitting due to Lewis Hamilton’s dominance.
During a conversation on the Motor Sport Magazine Podcast, Bottas said:
Bottas then went on to reveal how he got over the disappointment of his first two seasons with Mercedes, adding:
Valtteri Bottas admitted to taking a step back and going on a break to South America to recharge himself for 2019, in what he calls his strongest campaign against Lewis Hamilton.
On the Motor Sport Magazine Podcast, the Finnish driver said:
The Finn started the 2019 season with a win in Melbourne and six consecutive podium places right through to Monte Carlo. Ultimately though, he ran out of steam while Hamilton maintained the charge. Bottas added:
Heading into the 2022 F1 British GP, Valtteri Bottas is eighth in the World Drivers’ Championship standings, having picked up 46 out of the 51 points scored by Alfa Romeo this season.
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