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Bottas: “I can beat Lewis and Sebastian”

Bottas: “I can beat Lewis and Sebastian”

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Mercedes Formula 1 driver Valtteri Bottas aims to beat F1 title protagonists Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton, despite being 33 points adrift of points leader Vettel – with the two upfront having a combination of 7 world championships, as compared to 0 for Bottas. 

The Finn was promoted up to the Mercedes Formula 1 team in January following the shock departure of 2016 world champion Nico Rosberg, and smoothly transitioned into the Brackley-based team, who have won both drivers’ and constructors championships for the last three consecutive years.

Bottas has two race victories to his name — both coming this year with the Mercedes F1 team — at the Russian and Austrian Grands Prix, and the Finn — who expected to be driving for midfield runner Williams this year — now targets beating Vettel and Hamilton for the title.

The flying Finn believes he has already proven that he can beat both Vettel and Hamilton on merit, and some examples would be his two race victories this year, wherein he outclassed the two leading title contenders.

When asked if he thinks he can become F1’s world champion in 2017, Bottas said: “Yes. I can become world champion.

“There are still nine races to go, and I believe that I can beat Lewis and Sebastian — I have already done both this year.

“I am getting better and better. There is no limit for me,” he added.

“I would never say that one of my opponents is better than me. I believe in myself.”

Bottas “not too worried” about 2018 Mercedes contract 

The Finn’s contract expires at the end of this F1 season in Abu Dhabi, however the former Williams driver insists that he is “not too worried” about his future in Formula 1, as he believes he has been on good form with the Mercedes Formula 1 team.

“I am getting better and better. There is no limit for me,” said Bottas.

“I would never say that one of my opponents is better than me. I believe in myself.”

“At this time of the year I often did not know how it would go on for me, so I have a lot of practice,” he smiled.

“And it’s ok, as I feel comfortable in the team and have only received positive feedback. So I’m not too worried.”