Finland’s Valtteri Bottas says his impressive start to the season is down to his new approach as he tries to win his maiden World Championship.
The Mercedes star currently leads the Drivers’ Championship by one point thanks to his two wins this season. Team-mate Lewis Hamilton is just one point behind him and Bottas has surprised many after failing to win a race all year in 2018.
Bottas claimed the victory in the Azerbaijan Grand Prix last week after going head-to-head with Hamilton. The Mercedes duo are now expected to fight it out for the title, with Bottas 5.25 to lift the trophy in November.
When asked about his form, Bottas told reporters: “Definitely the good results like today [give me] confidence, with everything I’m doing. “It gives guidance that I’m doing something right.
Last year I could have been in the championship lead here and now I am. “It’s one of the best [weekends]. Being able to qualify at the front, that was very important this weekend as pace-wise we’ve been close with Lewis and also in the race start, Lewis had a better getaway initially but then I managed to defend into Turn One, Turn Two.
It was nice and clean, very fair so good respect from both of us. “We are doing a lot of things right as a team so for sure it was important.”
Hamilton remains the 1.57 favourite for the Championship, while Ferrari pair Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc are 7.50 to win the title but both Scuderia drivers have endured a slow start to the campaign.