Valtteri Bottas: “I can be a bit more selfish”

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Valtteri Bottas says he “can be a bit more selfish” in 2021, when it comes to his pursuit to win the Formula 1 Drivers’ Championship.

While Bottas failed to beat his team-mate Lewis Hamilton in his four seasons with Mercedes, he will not give up on his dream to be the world champion.

“This year I am demanding more from myself than ever,” explained Bottas at the Mercedes W12 launch.

“Obviously, not overdoing things. The ultimate goal for me this season is that I can get to the last race in Abu Dhabi and look back and say that I did 100 per cent.

“I did every single thing I could to win the title. That is the ultimate goal for this year. That is going to be the same for all the people around me, whoever I am working with.

“I will demand as much as I feel like I need to get the support and information I need and maybe that way, I can be a bit more selfish.

“One year of your lifetime, giving everything you have is actually quite a short amount of time. That is the mindset I have and that is including me and the people around me.”

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Valtteri was asked if it would be even more disappointing to lose to Hamilton again in 2021.

“Of course, in a way, it would be disappointing because I have been team-mates with Lewis for several years and every year that is the goal.

“But what would be more disappointing would be if I look back and realise things where I should have done better or put more effort in. I don’t want to leave any ‘ifs’ or ‘what ifs’ after this year. That is the goal.

“If I give everything I have, if I maximise myself and the people around me and give everything I have, then there are no regrets,” concluded the Finn.

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