Valtteri Bottas says he virtually walked away from F1 in 2018 after racing alongside Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes

Valtteri Bottas has revealed that he virtually walked away from System One in 2018 after spending two years as Lewis Hamilton’s teammate at Mercedes.

The Finnish driver was roped in by the Silver Arrows to exchange Nico Rosberg for the 2017 season. Bottas had an excellent begin to his life with Mercedes as he claimed three wins in his first marketing campaign with the workforce and completed third within the Driver’s Championship.

Nevertheless, the 2018 season did not go in line with the Finnish Driver’s plans and he completed fifth with no victories to his identify. Bottas has now revealed to the Motor Sport Journal podcast that the issue of racing alongside Hamilton virtually compelled him to stroll away from the game.

“On the finish of 2018, I virtually stopped, it was so shut. Simply due to the truth that I couldn’t perceive and take the truth that I couldn’t beat Lewis in these two years.

“I put a lot stress on myself. In the direction of the tip of ’18, particularly once I began to have the help function within the workforce, I actually couldn’t take it, I actually struggled. It was not enjoyable.”

“The final 4 or 5 races of ’18 had been extra painful since you ought to get pleasure from F1 and it’s fairly cool, however it wasn’t that in any respect. So I had an excellent break between the 2 seasons and actually needed to suppose issues by way of,” mentioned Bottas.

Bottas mentioned that the criticism from followers and pundits took a toll on him and he utterly misplaced pleasure in racing.

“The human thoughts is unusual in a means that generally you go into darkish locations. You lose the enjoyment in issues and I simply utterly misplaced the enjoyment of F1 and racing in F1. I used to be virtually indignant at F1,” mentioned Bottas.

The Finnish driver then took a break at the moment and it helped him to regain type and get himself again collectively.

“I discovered it, it was like a click on. In all probability [in] mid-January, I made a decision ‘OK, let’s do that. I can nonetheless do it’. So I managed to get myself collectively and I discovered the enjoyment of driving once more.

“Instantly, the outcomes had been a lot better than in ’18. 2019 was in all probability my finest season thus far, particularly towards Lewis.

“I gained fairly just a few races, and particularly till midway by way of the season, I used to be generally even main the championship, so it was a reasonably, fairly robust 12 months, however then simply Lewis’ consistency and performances total, for the entire season, I couldn’t match.”

Bottas, who presently drives for Alfa Romeo, additionally defined why he discovered it troublesome to step as much as Hamilton’s degree at Mercedes. He mentioned the seven-time World Champion was the dominant individual within the workforce and everybody seemed as much as him.

“Lewis had been a part of [Mercedes] for a very long time. As a driver and, as an individual within the workforce, he’s the dominant individual. So it’s fairly troublesome to step up, and I by no means might actually step up in a means that I needed alongside Lewis as a result of the workforce was so welded in, and he’s Lewis. So it’s like, everybody appears to be like as much as him virtually. In order that’s the way it goes,” mentioned Bottas.

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