At the Portuguese Grand Prix Lewis Hamilton broke the record for most F1 wins and is now leading Bottas by 77 points in the championship. The Finn says Hamilton’s success is a motivation for him.
“It’s a motivation,” said Bottas in the post-race press conference.
“I definitely don’t want anything easy. It’s how I’ve been raced and, what is my mindset, [is] that I will always keep going and it’s just great motivation to try and beat him.
“It’s difficult but I know it’s possible and that’s the thing. If I give up, it won’t ever be possible and that will be the biggest mistake to do.
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“And also what Max [Verstappen] said, the main thing is really to give it all you have every single time, make the most out of every situation.
“Obviously Max is a bit younger, I’m 31 now but I still feel like I’m peaking. I’m not yet there and hopefully, soon, I will be and I also feel I still have quite a few years and I’ll keep pushing and that’s it.
“For me it’s very simple,” concludes the Finn.