Bottas almost quit F1 amid mental struggles

Valtteri Bottas has admitted he found himself in a deep psychological hole early in his Formula 1 career. “Thoughts like this – that nothing matters – started to come into my head,” Bottas told the Finnish broadcaster Supla. “I thought it was good for me, but in the long run it was not,” Bottas admits. When your physical resources start to run out, your mental resources come after that. “At some point my ex-girlfriend asked if I should go for treatment or something. Bottas said the situation carried over into 2015, when fellow Formula 1 driver Jules Bianchi was killed. “At some point, it felt like my energies were running out. “Step by step I got in good shape,” said Bottas, who will drive for Alfa Romeo in 2022.

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