Valtteri Bottas has spoken of how he was left in a “dark place” after having to play a supporting role to Lewis Hamilton at certain times during his years at Mercedes.
Bottas spent five seasons racing alongside
Hamilton, and in the beginning he believed that the set-up of the car favoured the Briton, leaving him frustrated over his struggles to beat the seven-time World Champion.
There were many times later in their partnership
that Bottas would out-qualify Hamilton, with the first occasion being in 2017 in
Bahrain. However, due to tyre pressure issues, the Finn dropped back to P3 and
was unable to match Hamilton’s pace.
He finished his time with Mercedes with 10 wins
under his belt, the first being in Russia in 2017. Despite this, Bottas has spoken of how his struggles to
match Hamilton – and the subsequent support role he often had to play – caused him to lose the joy of racing.