Valtteri Bottas believes that the style by which the 2021 F1 season ended – in addition to Mercedes’ difficulties in 2022 – are behind Lewis Hamilton’s want to increase his keep within the sport.
Hamilton was memorably concerned in a tense battle for the title with Max Verstappen over the last marketing campaign, however misplaced out on the World Championship within the controversial ultimate laps of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
In 2022, Mercedes have been unable to match the tempo of rivals Crimson Bull and Ferrari and, until Hamilton achieves a victory within the ultimate two races of the yr, it can mark the seven-time World Champion’s first season by which he has not claimed a win.
Hamilton’s present contract with the Silver Arrows expires on the finish of 2023, however he just lately voiced his intention to stay with the crew past then.
Bottas displays on Hamilton’s plan to remain in F1
Bottas – who raced alongside Hamilton at Mercedes between 2017 and 2021 – is just not shocked that his former teammate needs to proceed his F1 profession, with the Finn suggesting that current occasions have spurred Hamilton on.
“I feel he isn’t glad with clearly the tip of final yr, and in addition this yr,” Bottas instructed media, together with RacingNews365.com.
“He looks like he’s nonetheless having fun with it, and I feel just lately he is been again at his degree once more. Why not [stay]? He loves racing.”
Ought to 37-year-old Hamilton stay in Components 1 past 2023, he would probably be racing into his 40s. This follows on from Fernando Alonso’s signing of a multi-year cope with Aston Martin on the age of 41.
Bottas thinks that this exhibits that drivers can nonetheless obtain within the sport at totally different ages.
“Clearly, each driver’s particular person,” the 10-time race winner stated.
“I feel it is rather a lot as much as you; for those who nonetheless need it, for those who nonetheless need to be aggressive, you’ll be able to.”
The worth of expertise in Components 1
When requested if there was a shift from a concentrate on youth to expertise in Components 1, Bottas prompt that this isn’t essentially the case.
“I feel expertise has been at all times revered, however in some unspecified time in the future it felt like there [were] an increasing number of super-young drivers,” the 33-year-old commented.
“I nonetheless really feel like that’s general the development in any sport. One way or the other some begin peaking earlier, perhaps with the evolution of human beings or one thing, I do not know.
“I really feel like in F1, nonetheless for a very long time, there’s at all times going to be the combo. Some groups need expertise and stability, some groups need younger, promising drivers that they have been growing for a number of years.”