Bottas says not being a “team player” would have affected performance

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Valtteri Bottas says if he was not a team player that would have meant “less cooperation between me and Lewis” and subsequently “not as good performance as a team”.

At the end of 2021 Valtteri Bottas concluded his five-year tenure as a Mercedes driver. On the Beyond the Grid podcast the Finn was asked if he might have accomplished more of his personal goals had he been less of a team player.

“If only I knew the answer to that,” Bottas replied.

“If there’s something I would have done different, how it would have impacted [my chances].

“All I know [is] that if I hadn’t been such a team player, there would have been more tension in the team.

“That would mean less cooperation between me and Lewis. That would mean, in [the] long-term, not as good performance as a team, as we have now.

“Because, if there’s harmony, if we can work together, then we’re playing for [the] long-term, for the best interests of the team.

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“We can develop the car together and we can discuss things openly. I’ll always try to think about that.”

However, Bottas pointed out that having only one-year contracts, and not being certain about his future, also prevented him from acting up more.

“There’s been always this factor that I’ve been always on [a] one-year contract, and if I start playing around, what happens then?

“Also not having the knowledge of the future and what happens if I start to not to listen to the team or team orders, etc.

“It’s been always a factor as well,” Valtteri concluded.

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