- Aug 31, 2008
Bottas was a disappointment this year, other than helping with the one race and a bit of bad luck in a few others he really hasn’t performed as he could or should have.The biggest loser, being the best wingman in the best F1 car, in the world
The Honey Badger said:Alrighty … I’ve not done one of these before, but this one is for anyone who has ever been at a crossroads with a big decision to make….
After the Hungarian Grand Prix at the end of July, I flew to Los Angeles. I wanted to get away. I needed space. I needed a nine-hour flight, free of WiFi and distractions. I needed to make a decision.
After 10 years with Red Bull, the team had drawn up a new F1 contract offer for me. I’ve spent my whole professional racing career with Red Bull, but Renault had also offered me a deal. They both wanted me to drive for them, and they both wanted an answer soon.
Looking back now, the decision about my future in F1 had been all-consuming for some time, and it took its toll on me more than I had realized. It sounds a bit dramatic, but this was one of the biggest decisions of my life. Just as big as deciding to leave my friends and family as a teenager and go to Europe to pursue my dream of becoming an F1 driver.
I know in terms of life decisions, people have to make far harder ones, but to me, this decision would be life changing. And I have worked damn hard to get to where I am today.
So I got on a plane. And about halfway through the flight, some 40,000 feet above the east coast of the United States, I turned off the movie I was watching, grabbed a glass of wine and had a real good think about my future.
I closed my eyes and just listened to the hum of the engines. I always hear people talk about “a moment of clarity,” so I was like, Alright, clarity, where ya at?
And then, I sort of just thought about it all. Like, seriously, everything.
Link: https://www.crash.net/f1/news/911289/1/wolff-fears-bottas-has-been-damaged-mentally-2018-seasonWolff fears Bottas has been ‘damaged mentally’ by 2018 F1 season
Mercedes F1 boss Toto Wolff says he is worried a disappointing 2018 campaign has taken its toll on Valtteri Bottas.
Mercedes Formula 1 boss Toto Wolff says he is worried a frustrating 2018 campaign has taken its toll on Valtteri Bottas.
Bottas, who was forced to play a supporting role to teammate Lewis Hamilton’s championship bid after falling out of title contention himself following a difficult start to the year, finished a distant fifth place for the fourth successive race in the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
The Finn ultimately slipped to fifth in the drivers’ standings and became the first Mercedes driver since Michael Schumacher in 2012 to fail to win a race during a season, while Hamilton registered his 11th victory of the campaign at Yas Marina.
Ferrari done it to Massa. Sure he lost something after he was hurt in Hungary, but the continued #2 demands of him over the next 4-years ensured he was never going to find his mojo. He goes to Williams and starts showing flashes of his old self and seemed a lot more confident.They broke Bottas?
Probably better to put 2019 season updates and news in the new thread.