Valtteri Bottas ‘lost the joy of F1’ after two years of racing alongside Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes as he ‘struggled to play the support role’

Valtteri Bottas has revealed how struggling to compete with Lewis Hamilton and playing a supporting role in his time at Mercedes almost drove him out of F1. Now of Alfa Romeo, Bottas spent four seasons with Mercedes from 2017-2021 following Nico Rosberg’s retirement. The Finnish driver was often asked to play a supporting role to his teammate Lewis Hamilton, who won the Drivers’ World Championship in three of the four seasons they raced together, and struggled to match the seven-time World Champion’s results. Towards the end of 2018, especially when I started to have the support role in the team. Bottas left Mercedes for Alfa Romeo at the end of the 2021 season as George Russell took his Mercedes seat.

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