(Motorsport-Total.com) – In 2019 Valtteri Bottas delivered his strongest Formula 1 season so far. He again lost out to his team-mate Lewis Hamilton. However, the Finn became vice world champion for the first time in his career and, with four victories, won more than ever before. Accordingly, there is a willingness to be aggressive before the start of the 2020 season.
“Three or four weeks ago I did a fitness test, which I usually do once or twice a year. And it was my best ever,” the Mercedes driver told Sky, explaining the Corona break : “As a driver, you usually don’t have many months to concentrate on your fitness.”
“Actually there is only the winter break. But now it was a longer break and I worked very systematically on my training. It was great to see the results and to feel how good you feel.” Therefore, the multi-month break was only positive for the 30-year-old.
“As a driver it is not often that you have so much free time,” he recalls, revealing that during this time he worked hard on himself to improve “physically and mentally”. In winter, he also worked on his driving style, which had already made itself felt during the test drives in Barcelona in February.
“At some corners I could feel that I had improved. That was what I focused on during the lockdown when I was driving other cars,” he reveals and explains: “I have the feeling that I am now a more complete driver and physically at my peak. Hopefully it will [auf der Strecke] demonstrate.”
“I am very confident and mentally in a good mood. I will give everything,” he announced. “It will of course be a very special season because there will be fewer races than planned,” he explains with regard to the 2020 season, which starts in Spielberg in early July, and adds: “Every mistake will be much more expensive than before. It works especially about constancy. “
Former world champion Mika Häkkinen, who is involved in the management of his compatriot, reminds ‘Helsingin Sanomat’: “Valtteri was the best of all in the winter tests. It gave the impression that he was ready for the season.” The Finn had set the fastest test time of all drivers in Barcelona in February.
Häkkinen therefore explains that when Mercedes is back as strong as in previous years, “only one driver can beat him – his teammate.” In the 2019 season, Bottas could only keep up with Hamilton at the beginning of the year. In the summer months, the future world champion pulled away in the World Cup.