‘I did anything I wanted to do’: Valterri Bottas reveals he made most of winter break by ‘getting properly smashed’ in Finland as he turns focus to beating Lewis Hamilton ahead of F1 season
- Valterri Bottas spent a the Formula One break on holiday in Finland and Chile
- The Mercedes driver admitted to spending his time ‘getting smashed’
- The Finnish star will now concentrate on beating team-mate Lewis Hamilton
Valterri Bottas revealed he spent the Formula One break ‘getting properly smashed’, before resolving to beat Lewis Hamilton to the title this coming season.
The Finnish driver made the most of the 10-week break by heading back home for Christmas, while also enjoying a trip to South America.
However, now back preparing for the 2019 campaign, the 29-year-old is committed to breaking his Driver’s Championship duck.
Valterri Bottas has admitted he spent a lot of his Formula One break ‘getting properly smashed’
The Finnish driver spent time in both his home country and Chile ahead of the new season
‘I was busy two weeks after the final race in Abu Dhabi and still in working mode,’ said the Mercedes driver.
‘But then I went to Finland and got properly smashed a few times. I did anything I wanted to do.
‘I had Christmas and then went to Chile with some friends and had a relax and then, when I came back, I decided I wanted to beat everyone this year.
‘My aim is to beat Lewis and I feel I can do it. Last season was tough but it has been done and it has made me tougher.
Bottas revealed he did ‘anything’ he wanted to do while back home over the Christmas break
The 29-year-old has set his sights on beating Brit Lewis Hamilton to the title this campaign
‘Part of the process was analysing last year and what I could do better.
‘I feel as though this is a fresh start for me and learned from all the positives. I am ready to go for it and ready to be a better me.’
Bottas finished fifth overall in the 2018 season, having finished third the year before.
He has just three Grands Prix victories to his name – a stat that will have to change if he is to challenge the reigning champion.