No more backing off from Bottas

Date published: January 9 2016 - Editor

Don't expect Valtteri Bottas to back off from future wheel-to-wheel battles in future with the Finn saying he has adopted a more aggressive approach.

By his own admission Bottas was known as a "conservative driver", but he was forced to change his thinking after he was involved in a collision with Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen at the Russian Grand Prix last year. 

The Williams man was running in third place when Raikkonen barged his way past on the final lap, sending Bottas into retirement while he nursed his stricken Ferrari to fifth place.

Two races later and they again made contact at the Mexican GP, but this time Bottas stuck to his guns and it paid off as he went on to finish P3 while Raikkonen was the one to retire.

"Maybe the last few races I started being more aggressive," Bottas told Autosport. "Normally I've been known as a conservative driver, always bringing the car home.

"I still calculate every risk but at some point there is the situation where it is better not to back off.

"It can either get you a good result or in the worst case maybe some other drivers know that they shouldn't try that [because you don't give way]."

Asked if he changed his attitude following the first clash with Raikkonen in Russia, he said: "Maybe.

"For me, it comes quite naturally because it had not been a great season.

"I wanted to fight for every single position and I also want to prove that I can race hard and I'm not going to give up. In some cases, I'm not going to back off."

He added: "I will keep my style as always, always calculating the risks. If I see a clear opportunity to go for it, I go for it and don't back off."