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Bottas must 'prove' he deserves Mercedes seat

Formula One - Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport, Monaco GP 2017. Valtteri Bottas
Formula One - Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport, Monaco GP 2017. Valtteri Bottas

Nov.22 - Valtteri Bottas has admitted he needs to again "prove" he deserves the Mercedes seat he occupies.

The Finn had a solid start to 2017 in retired Nico Rosberg's wake and was re-signed for 2018, but he slumped in the second half of the season.

"The season has been tough," Bottas admitted to The National, insisting that Mercedes was pushed hard by both Ferrari and Red Bull this year.

And with his teammate Lewis Hamilton winning nine races and the title, Bottas admitted his tally of two wins is not good enough.

"I was definitely hoping for more," he said, "but I am glad I have proven myself and the team signed me up again for next year.

"I couldn't beat him (Hamilton) this year but I am working on my weaknesses.

"Next year's going to be the same thing. I need to again prove if I am going to stay with the team for a long time."

But notwithstanding his resolve to improve, Bottas said he has always felt the support of the Mercedes team.

"I didn't have many issues with pressure as I felt the whole team was behind me," he said.

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2 thoughts on “Bottas must 'prove' he deserves Mercedes seat

  1. Andrew Blackie

    True unfortunately but hes proven he can win but the first issue is doing it over 1 lap & having the fastest car there is'nt excuses for him so he has to find at least 3 tenths on the CHAMP in Quali to at least give himself the best chance of winning more races because of course its going to be harder from the 2nd or 3rd row so good luck Valteri for 2018 buddy!

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  2. Christer Karlsson

    Just realise that there are not the driver thats important its what car the diver sits in.
    Bottas is no superfast driver he had just good conection and money that bought him this place.
    The fastest driver right now in motor sports is Felix Rosenqvist and he dosent even have a seat in F1.
    Felix winns in all diffrent cars and type of classes so maybe Mercedes will concider a fast driver in a fast car.

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