The 2021 season is a fight between Mercedes and Red Bull. However, the Austrian technology is dominating over the German, thus Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas spoke about having enough time to ‘pace out’ Red Bull.
The Milton Keynes outfit has been the favorite in this season, as they aced in the pre-season testing and qualifying session at Bahrain. Further, they even won the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.
However, the Silver Arrows still gave a hard time to the fastest car of the season, as Lewis Hamilton won the season-opener in Shakir. Meanwhile, Bottas also shone in Bahrain, finishing at P3, and also got the fastest lap.
The Finnish Mercedes driver failed at Emilia Romagna GP after a horrible crash with William’s George Russell. Further, the 31-year-old claims his team is yet too far from dominating Red Bull.
However, the ongoing season is quite long with 23 races in the 2021 F1 calendar. Thus after two races, they have enough time to improve the car to take on the fight against the Austrian outfit. Bottas said, “Twenty-three races is a long time to learn about the package, and it just means we need to be more efficient than the other teams. We know Red Bull is good at in-season development, but we just need to out-pace them.”
What is next for Valtteri Bottas in 2021?
Currently, the 31-year-old Finn stands at P5 on the 2021 Driver Standings with 16 points, whereas his teammate Hamilton tops the table with 44 points. Further, Mercedes is also leading in the 2021 Constructor Standing with 60 points ahead of their rival Red Bull.
After the tough weekend at Imola, Valtteri needs to gear up for the upcoming third Grand Prix in Portugal. Therefore, the Brackley-based team also needs to work on their W12 to unlock its potential for the next race. If Mercedes doesn’t take the challenge seriously, there are no chances for them to keep their lead in 2021.
Valtteri Bottas will go behind the W12 at the Portugal Grand Prix on Sunday, May 02. We might witness the Finn shining with his upgraded ride and further share a place at the Portuguese podium along with his teammate.
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