Valtteri Bottas: “I definitely don’t want anything easy”

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Despite practically losing the 2020 championship to Lewis Hamilton, Valtteri Bottas says the Briton’s success is a motivation for him.

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.

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