Valtteri Bottas says he has been treated “very fairly” by Mercedes

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Valtteri Bottas says Mercedes treated him very fairly “especially always in the beginnings of the season until the halfway point”.

After five years with Mercedes, Valtteri Bottas has moved to Alfa Romeo in 2022. In a talk with he said the German team treated him fairly.

“I would say overall, yes,” the Finn said.

“Especially always in the beginnings of the season until the halfway point for sure, very fairly.

“If there was a points gap, then naturally people and the team started to think it’s most likely going to be this driver who’s going to fight for the championship and not this one.

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“I think just unconsciously, it can change the behaviour of some people and decision making, et cetera.”

However he did mention how hard it hit him when he had to let Lewis Hamilton through at the 2018 Russian Grand Prix.

“There’s been also very clear cases that I’ve been in a support role, and I would say, the first time when that happened, probably 2018, it was really hard to accept.

“It was pretty tough. That wasn’t good for me mentally, the space I was in mentally. As time goes on, you accept it, if that’s the situation, that you’re behind in the points,” Bottas concluded.

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