Title the target for Bottas

03 March 2021 23:05:05 GMTPlus10

Valtteri Bottas has set his sights on landing the Formula One world championship after watching team-mate Lewis Hamilton dominate during his time so far with Mercedes.

The Finn is preparing for his fifth season with Mercedes and has seen Hamilton land the drivers' crown in each of the last four campaigns.

This year, I'm demanding more from myself than ever.

Valtteri Bottas

Bottas finished second last year and in 2019, and he is bidding to go one better in 2021.

After holding talks with the team about how he can make progress in the new campaign, Bottas is confident that the right support is in place for a sustained title challenge in the coming season.

Bottas scored two race victories last year, but struggled for the kind of consistency that Hamilton displayed in his march to the title.

"This year, I'm demanding more from myself than ever," Bottas said.

"Obviously I'm not overdoing things, but the ultimate goal for me this season is when I get to the last race in Abu Dhabi, I can look back and say that I did 100 per cent, I did every single bit that I could to win the title.

"That's the ultimate goal for this year and that is going to be the same for all the people around me, whoever I'm working with."

He added: "I'll demand as much as I feel like I need to, to get the support and get the information that I need, and maybe that way, I can be a bit more selfish.

"One year in a lifetime, giving everything that you have, is actually quite a short time. That's I think the mindset that I have, and that is including me and the people around me."

Bottas is 34.00 to win the Drivers' Championship outright and Hamilton can be backed at 1.72.

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