MX23RW : Friday, October 19 18:24:06

Valtteri Bottas 'not really happy' with 2017

Valtteri Bottas says that he feels disappointed at the end of his first season with Mercedes.

Valtteri Bottas has said that he feels disappointed at the end of his first season with Mercedes.

The Finn won three races, finished on the podium 11 times and ended up third in the championship, but his teammate Lewis Hamilton won the title.

Asked if he is happy, Bottas told AS newspaper: "I have to say not really.

"As a team it was very good, but on my part I'm not happy.

"I knew it would be a difficult job and I would have to work hard to get good results, but I expected more."

Bottas said that Hamilton is "definitely" one of the greatest ever F1 drivers, but still thinks he can beat the Briton to the world championship next year.

"Yes, but it depends on me increasing my performance and improving. There were times this year when I could have been faster but also times that I was faster than him, so I'm working hard and believe in myself," said the 28-year-old.

The new season begins on March 25, 2018 with the Australian Grand Prix.

Share this article now:
Lewis Hamilton pictured in May 2017
Read Next:
Surer: 'Hamilton could quit at any time'
>

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel

Subscribe to our Newsletter


Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel
Login, I already have my ad-free pass
Log in to customise Sports Mole
Buy ad-free access (show me the options)
Buy monthly ad-free access for £1.20/month
Buy yearly ad-free access for £12 (2 months free)
Settings - Logout - Manage your account
Settings - Logout - Manage your account