Bottas: I’m going to beat everyone this year
After a difficult season at Mercedes, Valtteri Bottas is confident he will beat everyone, including team-mate Lewis Hamilton.
The Finn had a disappointing 2018 campaign where, despite a strong start, he ended up failing to win a race while team-mate Hamilton captured the world title.
With Mercedes reserve Esteban Ocon looking for a way back to an F1 race seat in 2020, Mercedes has an obvious option if Bottas does not lift his game.
However, the 29-year-old expects to challenge this season after a summer of reflection.
“I got to Finland, got properly smashed a few times, did anything I wanted to do basically,” Bottas said during an event for Mercedes’ sponsors in Turin. “Then I got a camera, I started photographing, it’s like a new hobby now so sometimes went for a walk somewhere and took pictures.
I also travelled with my wife and some friends to South America, just for a proper holiday, didn’t think about Formula One. When I came back I decided that I’m going to beat everyone this year.
" Yes, that is my aim and I feel I can do it, Bottas added when questioned whether "
“That’s the goal but how to get there, that’s going to be hard work.”
The 2018 FIA Formula One World Championship begins in Australia on March 17 2019.