Valtteri Bottas says criticism doesn’t ‘bring him down anymore’

2020 Tuscan Grand Prix, Thursday – Steve Etherington

After finally scoring his second win of the 2020 season and the Russian Grand Prix, Valtteri Bottas again sent a message to his critics: “To whom in may concern, f*** you”.

The famous words were uttered for the first time after the Finn won the 2019 Australian Grand Prix, following a winless 2018. The message was aimed at the critics who were questioning Bottas’ abilities. He explains how he deals with criticism now.

”As an athlete and someone who puts everything aside for his sport, it’s very frustrating when you don’t achieve the goals and results you’d hoped for for a longer period of time,” the Finn told Natalie Pinkham in a Sky Sports F1 interview.

“It’s a nice and pleasant feeling when it does fall in my direction and a proof that I can still do it. That statement was not against one person, but more how I felt in general.

“People will always judge you without knowing you. People can’t know what’s going on inside, so it’s a bit stupid to judge about that.”

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Over the years Bottas learned to use criticism to his advantage.

”I’m trying not to care, but use it as a motivation to perform better. It doesn’t bring me down any more.

“I still don’t understand why people do it, but I’ve learned to make sure it doesn’t adversely affect my career”, concluded the Finn.


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