Bottas won't beat himself up over Hamilton defeats

From ESPN - March 12, 2018

Valtteri Bottas admits he was beating himself up last season after losing out to Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton.

Bottas is now entering his second year with Mercedes after he was drafted in to replace Nico Rosberg ahead of the 2017 season. With a year of experience under his belt and a new single-year contract in his pocket, Bottas said he will deal with defeat differently in 2018 and look to play to his strengths this season.

"Lewis is a great driver and I should never get upset if he is quicker than me at times," Bottas said. "Then I just need to accept it and learn from those races.

"For sure I was beating myself up a lot last year when I was struggling but that's all part of the learning process and you always learn about yourself as well every season.

"I am going in with a good mindset for this year. I know I can do a lot of good things so let's see race by race."


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