Valtteri Bottas says battles with George Russell are not “personal”

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Valtteri Bottas says his on-track battles with George Russell, the person who replaced him at Mercedes, are not personal, instead it’s just “points”.

Mercedes’ 2022 issues have relegated the team to a midfield battle, and the person they are usually tangling with is their former driver Valtteri Bottas, now at Alfa Romeo.

Valtteri has so far had several on-track encounters with the man who replaced his at Mercedes – George Russell, so he was asked if these battles were “personal”.

“No, it’s points,” the Finn said matter-of-factly.

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“We’re chasing points and always, you know, just really trying to maximise every opportunity, every position you can make.

“And obviously, it was a nice target for me [at Imola], because, you know, from me to the end of the race, there wasn’t really much action around me.

“So I was catching him like a few tenths a lap, and that just gets me pushing. And the target was more points rather than a person.

“So, you know, that’s how it goes,” Bottas concluded.

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