F1: Valtteri Bottas ready to take the fight to Lewis Hamilton


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Valtteri Bottas says he is ready to battle with Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton in 2019 after an underwhelming campaign last year.

The Finn failed to win a single race in 2018 and was beaten in every race bar one, the Canadian GP, by Hamilton.

Bottas was unlucky not to claim wins in Azerbaijan (collision while leading), Austria (reliability) and Russia (team orders) but the 29-year-old accepts he has to improve in 2019.

Hamilton won the Drivers’ Championship at a canter last season with 11 race wins, and Bottas now hopes he can challenge for the top prize in the coming campaign as he bids to move on from the disappointment of last season.

“I’ve looked into many things from last year and the year before,” said Bottas, as reported by Crash.net.

“I just need to make sure within myself I am not going to waste any single opportunity whether it was for podiums or a race win. At every single race and situation I need to try to take the advantage on the others.

“I need to minimise the errors, I need to try to minimise all the situations that put me to thinking should I have done something different. I don’t want to be thinking about that after any race. So I want to take those opportunities.”

Bottas is 19.00 to win the 2019 Drivers’ Championship and Hamilton can be backed at 1.85.

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