Longtime Formula 1 driver Valtteri Bottas has had a rough go of things on the racetrack lately.
Bottas, 31, can at least be happy that he’s avoided horrific crashes like the one that Romain Grosjean found himself in at the end of November. Although he is healthy, Bottas is clearly frustrated by his recent success in motorsports.
Bottas shared that annoyance in a recent interview, and he made F1 fans a promise in the process.
Valtteri Bottas is a famous Formula 1 driver
A Finnish driver and a lance corporal in the country’s army, Valtteri Bottas made his Formula 1 debut at the 2013 Australian Grand Prix.
Bottas recorded nine wins and 55 podium finishes in his first 157 entries and 155 starts. The 2019 campaign was his best showing at the F1 level, as he finished second in his third season with the Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team.
He had four wins, 15 podium finishes, and five pole positions last year.
Bottas has had a rough go on the racetrack recently
At first glance, Valtteri Bottas and Mercedes are having another memorable season.
As of Dec. 12, 2020, Bottas ranks second in the Formula 1 standings with 205 points. He is well behind F1 legend and Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton, who leads the pack with 332 points.
Bottas and Hamilton are the only two drivers who have over 200 points this year, although Red Bull Racing Honda’s Max Verstappen is closing in fast at 189 points.
The last few weeks haven’t been what Bottas had hoped for, though. Bottas finished 14th in the Turkish Grand Prix on November 15, then ended the Bahrain and Sakhir Grand Prix races in eighth place.
Before those three performances, Bottas only had two races where he didn’t finish in the top-5, and one of those events is one he didn’t finish.
Valtteri Bottas just sent Formula 1 fans a major message
No one is tougher on Valtteri Bottas right now than he is on himself.
According to motorsport.com, Bottas shared his frustration with his recent performance in a recent interview. Bottas acknowledged that three consecutive poor performances are uncharacteristic and unacceptable.
“There’s many factors in this sport and sometimes it’s luck, sometimes it’s what do you do yourself in the car and outside the car. All that I can say that I can do much better than if you look at the last four races on average, I feel that I need to be better.”
Bottas is already working on his promise of needing to be better. In that interview, Bottas said that he is avoiding social media and getting lost in any negativity on those outlets.
Bottas is expected to race in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Sunday, December 13. That will be a great opportunity for Bottas to put his recent Formula 1 struggles behind him.