Valtteri Bottas on 2020 title hopes: “I know what I’m capable of”

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Valtteri Bottas says he is not doubting himself after losing out to title-rival and team-mate Lewis Hamilton at the Styrian Grand Prix.

The Finn started the season in spectacular fashion with a strong win at the Austrian Grand Prix. However at the Styrian Grand Prix Lewis Hamilton fought back and got significantly closer to the Finn in the drivers’ championship standings.

“I think in any sport, and especially in Formula 1 – it’s quite a special sport, it’s quite easy to doubt yourself – but for the moment I have no reason to,” said Bottas.

“Obviously over the years you find the right tools, how to find your confidence and the trust in yourself and what you are doing. I have no reason to doubt any of my ability or skills.

“I know Lewis had a strong weekend. He did a good job. Also, based on last weekend, I know what I’m capable of.

“So, I really feel many improvements in my driving since last year – so that’s why I’m confident it’s going to be a good battle for the Championship this year.

“So, I’m not going to let one weekend, even multiple weekends, drag me down. I’ve learned that. Just going to focus on the job and improving myself as we go.

“In some things I’m going to have a look in the mirror why today was a bit more difficult and could have been possibly a good battle with Lewis.

“But I think, from where I started and how the race went, I think it felt like I and us as a team, we could really maximise everything, so being able to, as a team, get the first 1-2 of the year, only the second race, is obviously really impressive.

“Like Lewis said, I’m just really thankful for everyone. It’s a privilege to drive for this team. But, of course, I’m not 100 per cent happy because I didn’t win.

“That’s how it goes as a driver but Lewis did a great job this weekend and… yeah… still points-wise it’s still early days and everything is looking good, so that’s why I can’t wait for the future,” concluded Bottas.

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