Valtteri Bottas: “Mercedes and George – that was my motivation”

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Valtteri Bottas says his motivation throughout the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix was to overtake George Russell and his former team Mercedes.

In 2022 Valtteri Bottas left Mercedes for Alfa Romeo, after five years with the team. However, somewhat surprisingly, due to Mercedes’ car issues he is now battling his former team on the track.

For most of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, Valtteri was behind George Russell, and in the final laps of the race he got really close and was battling the Briton until the very end.

“It was good fun,” Bottas said afterwards.

“And to be honest when we went to the slicks I really could push like a qualifying lap every lap.


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“That made it pretty fun, and especially in the middle to the end of that stint we had really good performance, good pace.

“Only the last few laps, once I got close to George, my rear right started to grain a little.

“Mercedes and George – that was my motivation throughout the race, to push every lap and to hopefully get a chance towards the end.

“I just couldn’t quite get him but maybe next time,” concluded the Finn.

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