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World "Be more selfish": Valtteri Bottas takes this on for the title fight

14:10  03 march  2021
14:10  03 march  2021 Source:   motorsport-total.com

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Valtteri Bottas geht 2021 in seine fünfte Saison mit Mercedes © Mercedes Valtteri Bottas is going into his fifth season with Mercedes

in 2021 Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas has imposed a new credo for the 2021 Formula 1 season : "Be a little more selfish." The Finn refrains from setting a specific goal for his fifth year in the Mercedes . But he has a clear idea of ​​how he would like to deal with the pressure to perform this season.

"In some years in Formula 1 I definitely put too much pressure on myself", Bottas realizes afterwards. "There were times when I got too much pressure from outside, and vice versa, when maybe there wasn't enough pressure from me."

It's about finding this "balance" and "playing with it", emphasizes the Finn on the sidelines of the

Mercedes presentation on Tuesday . In a dialogue with his team, he talked about how much pressure he needs and can handle. He also has to be honest with himself.

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Every race he has to make sure that he is in the right condition. In previous years he did not always succeed. Bottas was able to celebrate two wins in 2020, but once again lacked consistency in the duel against team-mate Lewis Hamilton.

"Lewis has won the title every year since we were team-mates. Still, we're starting a new year, a new start, a new chapter. And I absolutely believe that I can fight for the title." That is still the "ultimate goal".

"That is still my goal. But it is a long way to get there and you have to take it step by step." At the end of the previous year, it was possible to observe how Botta's

demanded more support from his team - for example via messages on team radio.

"I'll ask as much as I need to get the support and information I need. And maybe I can be a little more selfish." In general, Bottas intends to demand "more than ever" from himself in 2021.

"Of course I'm not going to overdo it, but my ultimate goal for me this year is to be able to say at the last race in Abu Dhabi that I gave everything to win the title. That is the goal and that is shared also all the people around me with whom I work. "

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