Valtteri Bottas says “there’s more to come” from Mercedes in 2021

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Valtteri Bottas says Mercedes hasn’t “performed as well as we can as a team so far this season, but luckily there’s still a long way to go”.

In an interview with Hypebeast Valtteri Bottas was asked about Red Bull having the upper hand in the 2021 championship so far in terms of pace, and if Mercedes has “more left in the tank”?

“I definitely think there’s more,” the Finn said.

“I think we haven’t performed as well as we can as a team so far this season, but luckily there’s still a long way to go.

“For now, I really feel that there’s more to come from us as a group and as a team, and we’re definitely motivated to try and beat Red Bull.

“They’ve been ahead for a few races but hopefully we can step up in the weekends to come. If we can’t win the races, we need to be there to take all the points we can.

“And of course we will need to win if we want to win this championship, but I think the spirit is there.”

As many have pointed out since the beginning of the season, Red Bull’s resurgence has a lot to do with F1’s 2021 regulation changes that favour Red Bull’s long-time design philosophy over Mercedes’

“Definitely, the new regulations and the restrictions on the aero side have affected us,” explained Valtteri.

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“We realized in pre-season testing that we didn’t quite have the same amount of downforce and grip in the car that we had the year before.

“Ultimately, the chassis of the car is the same as last year, but the change in aero did affect the balance we had over the winter — probably more than it did to Red Bull.

“It’s not been the easiest this year in that sense, but as I said, there’s still more we can do as a team, and there’s also new aero parts for the races to come so hopefully it’ll help us gain some pace back.”

So, taking all into account, what are Valtteri’s expectations for the 2021 season?

“With a battle against Red Bull, we definitely want to win the constructors’ championship. I want to climb up in the driver’s championship as high as I can from where I am now.

“But my approach is to take it race by race and focus on individual goals. Obviously, the main idea is to win the race, but if I can’t win the race, then I want to pick up the maximum points for the team that’s possible.

“I like to go step by step and not think too far ahead, but as a team we definitely want to win this season,” concluded Bottas.

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