Valtteri Bottas has been one of the drivers who are lucky enough to drive in a team which is fully capable of winning both championships, both the drivers' and the constructors' championships, however, in the 4 years that he has been behind the wheel of the German car, he has not been able to fight for the maximum trophy against his teammate, Lewis Hamilton. Each season, both drivers start with the same number of points and these two have exactly the same car, which makes this rivalry very close since there is no advantage of who has the best car. Valtteri has worked hard in recent years to keep up with the seven-time world champion, yet the opportunity is far from easy to come by. The Finnish driver has commented on what his goals are for this 2021 season.
“Obviously we haven’t been able to visit de factory much in the past year, so firstly, I’m really happy to be here and to see the new car in person for the first time.” Valtteri commented during Mercedes’ car launch which was live. “I’ve been getting regular updates on how things are progressing, so it’s nice to now be able to see the end result in the flesh and that just gets me more fired up for the new season.”
“The cars are pretty similar to last year but there are some interesting aero changes that will have an impact on how the car handles and performs, so I’m looking forward to seeing how it feels on track in Bahrain.” The Finnish driver affirmed.
There is a factor which can be decisive in the Finnish driver's career, it turns out that his teammate will be without a contract this season because Lewis signed an extension for only one year, however, he, Valtteri, will also be looking for an extension with the German team. Valtteri must drive in the best possible way, otherwise George Russell will also be looking for a contract and he is not willing to stay another year without driving a car capable of winning Grand Prix and championships.
Mercedes, just like the rest of the teams, will enjoy their first on-track running at the start of pre-season testing in Bahrain, which will also host the first Grand Prix of the season, we are talking about the Bahrain Grand Prix.