Although Valtteri Bottas has had a huge impact in Lewis Hamilton being able to stand shoulder-to-shoulder against Max Verstappen, the Finn driver has been linked to be replaced by George Russell from Williams F1 in the next season. Even though Bottas has been far away from his best, and has not gone onto win any race so far in 2021 he is ready to give up on the personal glory and work for the betterment of the team.
The Finnish driver has had a fair few up and downs this season, with retirements at the likes of Imola and Monte-Carlo leaving him with a large points deficit to Lewis Hamilton and leader Max Verstappen in the Drivers’ title fight. Indeed, as we come to the midway point in the campaign, there comes a time where the teams right at the front have to make the tough decision to perhaps focus their efforts around one driver if the other is not involved in the battle for the championship
Valtteri Bottas all set to focus upon the Team Goal in 2021 Formula 1 season
The experienced Finn has accepted that he’ll be playing the team game now as the Silver Arrows and Hamilton look to defend their respective crowns from 2020. Toto Wolff stated as quoted by Givemesports, “It is very important because statistically, his odds to win the championship are very small compared to Lewis who is very much in the fight.
“We have discussed that and as tough as it is for a driver, there is no room for margin in this year’s championship.”
Bottas is a strong driver and can deliver regular podiums and the odd race win but, once more this season, it’s become clear fairly swiftly he’s not going to be in the championship fight.
He has not had much luck this year but he’s also been off the pace at times, in Baku in particular where he could have profited from Hamilton and Verstappen’s pointless returns, and that has led him to this situation, unfortunately for him personally, once again.