Valtteri Bottas went into ‘dark place’ as Lewis Hamilton’s team-mate

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VALTTERI BOTTAS was Lewis Hamilton’s teammate from 2017 till the tip of final season.

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Valterri Bottas has claimed he went right into a “darkish place” whereas racing alongside Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes as he struggled to come back to phrases with being unable to beat the seven-time champion. The Finn mentioned he got here near quitting F1 as he “misplaced the enjoyment” of racing throughout his time with the crew.

He claimed he “struggled” to just accept taking a help position for Silver Arrows and mentioned he put strain on himself to win the championship which made issues worse. Chatting with MotorSport Journal Podcast, Bottas mentioned: “On the finish of 2018, I virtually stopped, it was so shut.

“Simply due to the truth that I couldn’t perceive and take the truth that I couldn’t beat Lewis in these two years. I put a lot strain on myself. In the direction of the tip of ’18, particularly after I began to have the help position within the crew, I actually couldn’t take it, I actually struggled. It was not enjoyable.”

He added: “The human thoughts is unusual in a manner that typically you go into darkish locations. You lose the enjoyment in issues and I simply utterly misplaced the enjoyment of F1 and racing in F1. I used to be virtually indignant at F1.

“It’s bizarre, however I simply wanted a while off, and consider the massive image after which I realised that ‘OK, it’s really a fairly cool sport and I nonetheless have nice alternatives forward of me’. So I might be foolish to not take them.”

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Valtteri Bottas went into 'dark place' as Lewis Hamilton's team-mate

Valtteri Bottas has warned he was in a ‘darkish place’ when racing Hamilton (Picture: Getty)

Bottas got here closest to beating Hamilton in his debut Mercedes season, coming inside simply 58 factors of securing the world championship. Nonetheless, a yr later he dropped to greater than 150 factors behind Hamilton and fifth within the drivers’ standings.

In his time at Mercedes, he didn’t mount a title problem however did choose up 10 wins over his 5 seasons with the Silver Arrows. Bottas claims he was “prepared” to step as much as Mercedes regardless of being thrust into the crew after Nico Rosberg stop on the finish of 2016.

Nonetheless, he mentioned when he joined the crew he had the mentality of desirous to “win the world championship” from the outset.

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Valtteri Bottas went into 'dark place' as Lewis Hamilton's team-mate

Valtteri Bottas was unable to beat Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes (Picture: Getty)

The Finn added: “I believe I used to be fairly onerous on myself as a result of it didn’t occur. I used to be like ‘oh, OK, I’ll attempt subsequent yr, even more durable’. Didn’t occur. So it was actually not simple to just accept the scenario that it’s not that simple to beat Lewis when he’s at his peak efficiency.

“Now, after I look again at it, [it was a] nice college for me, in a manner that I realized lots about myself typically to offer me a bit extra leash and, in a manner, to not be too onerous on myself on some issues. I’m actually, actually glad it occurred.”

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