Valtteri Bottas says he is now fighting for the constructors’ title

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Valtteri Bottas says he doesn’t feel he’s in Lewis Hamilton’s “shadow”, but instead sees them as a “team” who is “in this together”.

Valtteri Bottas will leaving Mercedes at the end of 2021, after driving for the team since 2017. In that time he wasn’t able to beat his team-mate Lewis Hamilton, but he did play an important role for the team in the Constructors’ Championship.

Bottas is now getting ready to go to Alfa Romeo where he will assume the role of team leader. The Race asked if he feels this means he will be stepping out of ‘Lewis Hamilton’s shadow’.

“That’s why it’s really exciting and interesting for me to be in that kind of role and try to help the team forward and work together,” the Finn said.

“I don’t know about the shadow. Obviously if you look at the results overall, Lewis has been able to beat me every year, so in that sense yes, I’ve been in a shadow.

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“But honestly now I don’t really feel it that way. We are a team, and we’re now in this together.

“Unfortunately, I’m not fighting for the Drivers’ World Championship anymore this year, so I’m just fighting for the Constructors’ and that’s the way it is.

“This is going to be a fresh start for me and whoever my team-mate is going to be I hope we’re going to work well together.

“This is an interesting new era for me,” concluded Bottas.

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