On November 11, 2013, it was confirmed that Bottas would continue to fight alongside the Williams-Mercedes team in 2014, and Felipe Massa was signed by Ferrari to replace Pastor Maldonado. In the first game of the 2014 Australian season, Bottas, after recovering from the accident at the beginning of the game, ranked 10th and finished 6th. After Daniel Ricciardo was disqualified from second place, he later rose to fifth place. At the Austrian Grand Prix, Bottas qualified second, which was his best starting position for a Formula One car at the time, and he reached the podium for the first time in this sport. One) and Lewis Hamilton (second) finished third. Although ranked 14th in the qualifying session at the British Grand Prix, after Rosberg withdrew from the race, Bottas finished second on the track and was on the podium for the second time in a row. At the German Grand Prix, although Hamilton initiated a late challenge, he finished second and finished the race in the same position. In Belgium, Russia (where he set the fastest lap of his first race) and Abu Dhabi (part of the Williams team’s first double podium since the 2005 Monaco Grand Prix) After completing three more games on stage, Bottas ranked fourth in the pilot group. `Champion, defeating former world champions Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso.
By the end of August, Valtteri Bottas should know his future in Formula One. It’s no secret that world champion Mercedes is considering replacing him with Williams driver George Russell in 2022, but since last weekend’s Hungarian Grand Prix, the world champion insists that no decision has been made yet. There was a disappointing accident in Hungary on the first lap, although Mercedes boss Toto Wolff made it clear that a one-time error will not determine Finn’s future. Rather, it will be about Mercedes deciding who is best for the team, whether in terms of absolute performance or team harmony. In the second of these two areas, Bottas is the main competitor.
Considering that he has been in direct competition with his teammate Hamilton for the past five years, his cooperation with the seven-time world champion is very good, creating an environment for the flourishing of the entire Mercedes team. Compare the current Mercedes with a team that tried to keep the peace between Hamilton and his former teammate Nico Rosberg from 2014 to 2016. Russell looks a bit like Mercedes, which means for Bottas and the driver market in 2022. However, the grid penalty Russell that caused the crash in Hungary is a convincing option for Mercedes. The world champion funded his youth career and found him a place in Williams’ Formula One car in 2019. Although his machine is competitive, he performed well there. The absolute performance seems to be on the same level as the best people in the world. Last year, when he replaced Hamilton in a Grand Prix in Bahrain, he surpassed Bottas in scoring before the chaos of pit stops disappointed him. Which of the two options? “I don’t know any drivers, nor do I know myself or my driving skills, so it is always difficult to comment,” he told ESPN before the Hungarian Grand Prix. “You never know how other teams are doing, and it’s hard for your teammates to know.” But I’m sure I can say that I’m a good asset for the team, and if I’m not here, I will It’s different.
I have confidence in my driving skills, but I don’t make a decision. “The future is promising.” Valtteri Bottas hopes to stay at Mercedes in 2022 but faces competition from George Russell. Dan Istitene-Formula 1 / Formula 1 via Getty Images Bottas has been linked to Williams as a direct deal with Russell and Alfa Romeo, he may replace Finn Kimi Raikkonen. He is still shy about his discussions, making it clear that his first choice is to stay at Mercedes, but it is no wonder that his management has been exploring his options in 2022. Have been talking to other teams. Maybe I didn’t, maybe I did,” he said. “But there are many people behind me, and I believe they will not just rest at home and do nothing.”
So, of course, you need to know what is available and what is possible. I have a feeling that they didn’t tell me how much discussion was going on in other places because I focused on racing, but I believe there will be enough time to discuss this issue during the break. “So I need to talk about other teams. Then I will do it.” Bottas has played for Mercedes for five years, and he has become a key part of the team’s success, both on the track and behind the scenes. Can you imagine going somewhere else next year? “Of course I can, but the situation will be different,” he said. “This is my fifth year in the team. I think as a team, everything is working well and we can work with Lewis. Of course, this will be a completely different thing.” Bottas doesn’t like to answer the question. He has future problems, but since joining Mercedes in 2017, he has only had a one-year contract, making every summer a period of endless speculation.
He suspects that if he doesn’t have to worry about his future mid-season, he might have a better chance. “This is only based on speculations and assumptions that I feel now, but it will save a lot of energy and a lot of unnecessary extra pressure, and deal with the media at certain times of the year, which can save more time and energy. In the future, we will work together as a team,” he said. “Not only focus on the present but know that you are with the team and focus on next year and all the improvements you want to share with the team for future use. Of course, this would be a different kind of guarantee, but this is just a guess.
“Mercedes can choose between Valtteri Bottas and George Russell in 2022. Florent Gooden-Poul/Getty Images but Bottas insists he is right Five years at Mercedes did not regret it. “I have to say I do not regret it. I have been doing my best, and this year is also true. This year is not the best start to the season. Many games have not been scored through DNF or other means, but I have no regrets at all. I have been working hard to give everything I have. “I always work as hard as possible. I can. Even though I have been beaten by Lewis every year until now, I have been trying to find more ways in myself to become stronger.” No matter where he ultimately drives in 2022 He believes that the team will benefit from the most powerful version of Bottas to date. “Nothing can stop me now.”
“I will say that I feel that my career has reached its peak. I have not reached that level. There are always things I am learning and improving.” In the past few years, I have indeed learned a lot about myself. knowledge. year. As a driver and a person, it is important to be able to understand yourself and what works for you. “I don’t think anything they throw at me today will shake me. I think I am ready for any challenge. In the future. I must learn a lot.” I will do my best for myself and everyone. The team of the future. , no matter what happens”.