Valtteri Bottas thinks he “has the pace” to win the 2020 title

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With the British Grand Prix fast approaching, Valtteri Bottas thinks he has a real shot at the championship, despite a five point deficit to Lewis Hamilton.

Considering Hamilton won at Silverstone a record six times, Bottas is sure to have a real fight on his hands if he wants to regain the lead in the championship. Talking about his season so far, the Finn was mostly satisfied.

“I think my performance has been good,” said Bottas.

“There have been some unlucky events that have cost me a little bit, but performance-wise, I’m pleased. It’s a very encouraging start.

“I think I do have the pace this year to win the title, but obviously it’s an individual battle every single weekend, and everything needs to go right.

“It didn’t go right in Austria in the wet qualifying; it didn’t go right in Hungary because of the race start, but from each weekend, I’ve learned again massively.

“Going to Silverstone, I was on pole last year, so I’m confident going there. It’s a good track. I know Lewis is strong, no doubt. He is strong everywhere, but I also believe in my ability to be able to beat him, and that’s the big goal for me.”

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So far Mercedes has won all three 2020 races, so many are predicting a title fight between the German team’s two drivers. Bottas, however, thinks their success cannot be taken for granted.

“At this point, based on two different tracks, we have been the best, and sometimes with a big margin. That’s a fact.

“But you just never know how a season can go, and if we start thinking that way, that’s going to be a mistake from our side, so we’re going to continue to keep pushing.

“If you look at the future, I think if you ask anyone in the world, what would you predict [as to] how it’s going to be, yes, this one you would say is going to be between me and Lewis.

“But you just never know. It is Formula 1 and anything can change.

“For me, the main thing is to improve on my performance and beating my team-mate and everyone else on track,” concluded the Finn.

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