Mercedes Formula 1 driver Valtteri Bottas says he has found the right path ahead of the new season as he bids for his maiden world championship title.
The Finn has lost out to his teammate Lewis Hamilton on all three occasions since joining the Brackley team, but enjoyed his best season last year finishing second in the standings.
Looking ahead to the start of the new campaign Bottas said he has made improvements and is feeling confident that he is now on the right path.
“Every single year that makes me want to do everything better than I’ve done before,” he told The Race.
“OK, you can’t always get there. There’s always ups and downs in your career. But those downs you need to turn into a strength. I think now, within myself, how things are in my life, and then also in terms of my driving and how we are working with a team, we’ve definitely found the right path, and I really feel good improvements at the moment.”
Bottas arrived in F1 back in 2013 with the then uncompetitive Williams team, but began to impress when the Grove outfit moved closer towards the front of the field during the 2014 season.
His performances earned him a Mercedes seat when Nico Rosberg decided to retire in 2016, and Bottas said he is not ready to give up on his ambitions just yet.
“Since a kid, I’ve had this target in my career to be a world champion,” he said.
“And obviously I still haven’t achieved it. So that keeps me going, and that keeps me motivated.