Bottas has ‘nothing to lose’ in 2019

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There’s a part of me that feels Valtteri Bottas was in a “nothing to lose” situation this season but after reading a story over at Autosport today, perhaps this year was the year of desperation and 2019 will be instead.

“This sport is funny, you never know what happens in the future,” Bottas said.

“But I think the right mentality for me to approach next year is like I have nothing to lose.

“I just want to go for it and drive like I stole it, like it’s my last race, last day ever. That’s a good plan.”

I recall Nico Rosberg saying to win the title, he had to reach levels that he simply didn’t want to commit to in the future and he left Mercedes because of it. There’s no doubt winning a title is tough and requires a completely different level, especially when your teammate is Lewis Hamilton.

With Esteban Ocon hovering around the Mercedes garage with no seat on the grid, Valtteri may be facing his final season with the team if he doesn’t deliver but the question is, what does that look like?

“In this sport, when you’re kind of sometimes thinking of yourself, you’re thinking all kind of different things,” said Bottas.

“The main thing is always the thought that I’ve got to be the strongest, and I’ve never told myself that I’m not good enough to do this.

“Even though I feel disappointed for the season, I know that I can do much more than what this season proves, and that is the main thing.”

Does he need to beat Lewis in order to secure another contract extension or would finishing right behind Lewis suffice? Some fans have claimed they believe Valtteri will be replaced mid-season by Ocon while others believe he has submitted to the number 2 role and will be kept for this role and the harmony it brings to the team.

I’ll gamble and say that Valtteri will raise his game but I’m not sure his game will remain at Mercedes beyond 2019.

Hat Tip:Autosport

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Matt Guss
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Matt Guss

Bottas got deflated and beaten up this year. He had a couple races that were his wins and they got pulled away. He is a a good number 2 and he suits very well as a teammate for Lewis. Mercedes will not make the mistake of a Rosberg/Hamilton match-up again. That said there are other drivers who would be a good #2 as well. Mercedes doesn’t need the wing man to win, but they do want more 1/2 finishes. Hopefully Bottas will become the driver that he and Mercedes needs him to be in 2019.

Fabio
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Bottas is still young enough to want to be a No.1 driver, Merc wants him to be a No.2 driver.
There in lies the problem.

jtr
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jtr

I can’t see Mercedes wanting to move on from Bottas as long as he continues to be a good soldier in the wingman role. As much as they talk about the two drivers being equal, they use Bottas as a chess piece to be moved around and potentially sacrificed for Lewis’ sake. As long as Bottas plays that role properly, I think they’ll keep him around. If he starts to get more aggressive, and causes something like the Rosberg-Hamilton crash at Spain 2016, they’ll probably find someone to replace him who will be a better wingman. As far as Ocon… Read more »