Bottas: ‘Difficult year’ ahead against Hamilton

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Valtteri Bottas has said he is going to be in for a
“difficult year” trying to beat Lewis Hamilton, but believes he
is “capable”.

Hamilton is the clear favourite to land what would be a fourth
World Championship for the Brit, while Bottas is third
favourite behind Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel.

“It’s going to be a difficult year against Lewis,” Bottas told
The Times.

“He’s a great driver and a champion and I haven’t won a race so
in theory the odds are for him. But I know what I’m capable of
in a winning car.”

Bottas has been given a one-year deal by Mercedes, but the Finn
wants to do everything in his power to extend his stay with the
Silver Arrows.

“I know this is a special opportunity and I have a lot of
things to prove to secure my place for the long term,” he
added.

“That’s how it goes. I’m fine with it. It’s a massive
opportunity for me this season to prove myself. I’m only here
to win. That’s the only thing.”

Prior to pre-season, team-mate Hamilton expressed his
frustration over the fact that he has to share his data with
the other side of the Mercedes garage. But, Bottas has said he
has experienced no problems thus far over the issue.

He said: “We have both been keen on sharing data. There are no
issues with that. We have been very open, both ways. Our
meetings have been very productive.”

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