Bottas given ‘extra boost’ by his critics

Date published: February 2 2019

Valtteri Bottas: Motivated by critics

Valtteri Bottas has found motivation from the criticism he received in 2018 and is “excited” about starting fresh in the 2019 campaign.

The Finn endured a miserable 2018 season, with zero victories and finishing a rather lowly P5 in the Drivers’ World Championship.

Bottas could not wait to begin his holiday and switch off from Formula 1, but now he is back with the batteries recharged and has taken on what his critics have previously said about him.

“I am very happy to start a new season, because for me personally 2018 did not go the way I wanted to,” Bottas said via Autosport.

“There was quite a bit of criticism at some stages of 2018, but that’s actually been a positive thing for me because it’s given me an extra boost.

“I’ve taken all the points I can learn from last year to come back stronger.

“And I also found many positives, which I maybe didn’t see at the end of the year, but now digging deep I can see those.

“I can build on all of that for 2019.

“I am excited that everyone starts with zero points. We are all on the same line and 2019 can bring anything, that’s exciting.”

Bottas’ latest one-year extension with Mercedes will expire at the end of the season, with reserve and development driver Esteban Ocon waiting in the wings to take his seat.

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