Valtteri Bottas: ‘Probably’ we won’t win the championship in F1 for Mercedes this year

Forty-eight hours after Valtteri Bottas had found himself in second place to Hamilton for Mercedes’ fourth win of the season, the Aussie former Scuderia Ferrari driver struggled for answers on the BBC World Service ahead of Sunday’s British Grand Prix, where he will sit on the championship pace-setter’s tail for the second week in a row.

On his weekend in Silverstone, Bottas admitted that “we didn’t have the fastest pace and the opportunity to get ahead of the pack.”

While Bottas saw things as “disappointing,” however, the Estonian driver felt that things had turned around just as they were ready to lose ground in the title race. “We had the pace,” he said. “It’s only [because] we didn’t use it.”

Bottas added that he felt his team’s future in F1 could turn out to be promising. When asked what the future held for his Mercedes team, he responded, “I do feel we will be as successful as Mercedes again.” When, however, his discussion was raised to the fact that many drivers have a year to go, before they have to qualify for the World Championship, and Mercedes will likely miss out on this as well, Bottas said, “yes, probably.”

When questioned on how the title race was coming down to the wire, Bottas felt that it would “go down to the wire.” When pressed on whether Mercedes will feel confident of winning their fifth championship under new staff boss Toto Wolff, Bottas simply said, “I have a lot of faith in the team.”

Currently Mercedes holds a four-point lead over Ferrari, with Hamilton also sitting on the pole for the next race at Silverstone.

Read the full story at BBC.

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