For me, this is a little fairy tale”, begins to philosophize Mercedes team leader Toto Wolff about the victory of Valtteri Bottas at the season air raid in Australia.
The Austrian has known the Finnish since 2008. At that time Wolff was active as Bottas’manager and supervised him up to his Mercedes commitment. Now, as team leader, he rejoices at the dominant triumph of his protege, whom he never doubted.
“Since I started working with drivers fifteen years ago, I have always tried to understand what is going on in her head. And the way he fought back after being written off last year and questioned if he was good enough for the j ob, which is with one of the most prestigious victories we’ve seen in recent times, simply shows how strong this sport is. explains the Viennese.
Bottas himself admitted afterwards that the severe setbacks (China, Baku, or even Sochi) hit him hard in the previous year. He was also referred to by Wolff as “Wingman” for all evil. After the “worst season” of his career (Bottas quote), he needed to distance himself from formula 1. In January, he ventured a new adventure in Lapland with the start of the rally there.
Year 2008: “Calling a little Finnish boy”
“When he now returned from winter, And he found the joy of driving through the rally sport again. At the beginning of January, he regained his “inner strength”, reported Bottas in Australia.
This inner strength – also called “Sisu” in Finnish, convinced Wolff eleven years ago. In the year of 2008, I received a call from a little boy who asked me to meet him. It was a very snowy day in Vienna,”says the Austrian.”It was a very snowy day in Vienna.” This little Finnish boy came in a sweater and without a jacket and asked me for advice. And this little boy was to dominate the Formula Renault Eurocup shortly afterwards.”
Bottas fought against Daniel Ricciardo in the junior class and won the championship by three numerators with five wins.” And that was a strong vintage with Vergne, Ricciardo and Merhi. And he constantly led this strong field.”
Bottas had to digest”shock promotion first”
It was precisely that Valtteri Bottas that he saw again in the qualifying and race in Albert Park. Where has this fiercely determined, fearless and persistent pilot remained all these years?” I think he might have had to digest his Williams years and the subsequent shock promotion to Mercedes first.”2019 had Bottas come back from the winter break and reminded Wolff immediately of the boy of 2008.” Of course, I am very happy about that.”
The Mercedes team leader emphasizes, despite all the rumors that arose about Bottas’future in the previous year, having always believed in his driver.” For me, it’s a little fairy tale, never let others get to you. Believe in yourself. And that’s what he’s been showing us all weekend. There has not been a session in which he would not have been good enough,”Wolff is delighted.