F1: Valtteri Bottas “The pressure of a single-year contract begins to eat from the inside”[F1-Gate .com]

Valtteri Bottas looks back at Mercedes F1’s career and talks about how the pressure of a single-year contract was having an impact.

Valtteri Bottas, who moved from Williams to Mercedes F1 in 2017, contributed to the five Constructors’ titles. He participated in 101 races with the team and won 10 wins, 58 podiums and 20 pole positions, but was released in 2021 and transferred to Alfa Romeo F1 in 2022.

But as well as the pressure on the top teams, contract negotiations have put a lot of pressure on Valtteri Bottas every year. Bottas is managed by Mercedes F1 team representative Toto Wolff, who has only been able to get a one-year contract since Williams.

And the single-year contract has always led to speculation that Esteban Ocon and Mercedes F1’s upbringing drivers such as George Russell will take their seats.

“Of course, I try to convince myself that it doesn’t affect me and block negative thoughts, but it certainly doesn’t help when there’s a lot of possible noise in F1,” Valtteri said.・ Bottas said.

“There’s something distracting, but I try to minimize it. Well, I think there were times when it wasn’t really an easy situation with contracts, extra talk and turmoil.”

“Toto (Wolf) thinks pressure is good for me … I agree that pressure is good for a period of time and I can get more, but I’m contracted every year for nine years in F1. If you feel the pressure, it starts to eat from the inside. “

“Toto says pressure makes diamonds. In a way, I think it’s true, but there are limits. There’s a limit to how long you can maintain it for your well-being.”

“I was in a similar situation where I couldn’t think for more than 6 months for 5 years. For me, that didn’t work.”

“It was definitely easy at first, but there was a lot of debate every year about who would get to the seat, which was distracting.”

“And keep in mind that the situation was more or less very similar during the Williams era. The contract always had a one-year option, which basically lasted almost nine years. I couldn’t always think in the long run and concentrate in the long run. Now is the time. It makes me happy. “

As Valtteri Bottas says, he has a three-year contract with the new team, Alfa Romeo F1. Also, team representative Frederick Vasul has already known each other well because he worked at the ART Grand Prix when he won the GP3 title in 2011.

“We had some good chats with Fred. We worked with him in F3 and GP3 and we won the GP3 title together,” said Valtteri Bottas.

“He understands the driver well. Of course, he can’t be like holiday mode. It requires some pressure!”

Valtteri Bottas says he looks forward to the pressure this season coming in the form of challenging the opportunity rather than worrying about the near future.

“In fact, we’re a new team, and trying to bring in our expertise and all the knowledge I have should really be motivating,” explained Valtteri Bottas.

“All the experience I have with Williams and Mercedes will be really interesting and exciting. It will put pressure on us to reach the position we want to get.”

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