This Friday it premiered in Netflix the new season of the series Formula 1, Drive to Survive. There, fans will be able to enjoy a great summary with all the details of the 2020 season, which was one of the best in recent years. In one of the episodes, Valtteri Bottas gives details of his coexistence in the team Mercedes, and revealed that he was close to retiring in 2018.
The 2018 season was one of the most fought. Sebastian vettel Y Lewis hamilton They were in a fierce fight for the World title and Valtteri Bottas would be a key factor in his partner obtaining his fifth crown. After a long battle against each other, Hamilton would win the Russian Grand Prix, in a very controversial way. Bottas had to let it pass, to get the most advantage against Vettel.
Bottas explained how he felt when he got out of the car after the Mercedes team ordered him to let Hamilton pass. Bottas was first when he broke through, yielding the victory to the English. In his words, the anger he felt at that moment was monumental, to the point of thinking about retirement.
“It was difficult to accept”
“Sochi 2018 was quite a difficult race. It was difficult to accept. I was quite upset. Honestly, I was thinking, ‘Why am I doing this?’ I thought about quitting, about retiring. Right after the race, I said I would never do it. If your partner wins and you are second, you feel as if you lost the race, “said the end to Netflix.
On the other hand, Bottas accepts his role, although he wants to show that he is willing to win the title from Lewis Hamilton. I know I have been second in the past. But I want to show that not just a second driver. In the team, although many would not admit it, perhaps unconsciously they have a number one and a number two. Sometimes team members had to ask themselves: ‘Are we treating Lewis and Valtteri the same?’
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