Valtteri Bottas, replacing Nico Rosberg for Mercedes, admitted that he did not intend for any scenario to play the role of second violin in the background of Lewis Hamilton.
On a question of journalists Sky Sports Germany on whether to get ahead of the Brit, the Finn said: “last year, Niko was shown that it is possible. Of course, I respect the career achievements of Lewis. He earned many pole positions, wins and three titles, while on my account not a victory. I have a lot to prove.
Driving a powerful car, I will surely fight for the title. I’m not going to settle for second places. Of course, a fight with Lewis would be difficult, but it gives me a huge opportunity. Still ahead, the season will be exciting, I’m sure.
I see no reasons why we are not going to work with Lewis. We must fight to the limit in the race, to be honest, professional and work for the good of the team, like all good racers”.
On the question of whether he called Nico to get valuable advice, Valtteri said, “I sent a message asking you to meet some time before the season starts. It would be great, because Nico spent a lot of time with the team and knows each employee.
I’m interested in the new team to gather as much information that is useful to me”.
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