Bottas: I’m not a Nico Rosberg

Valtteri Bottas will not look to emulate Nico Rosberg’s tactics as he seeks to beat Lewis Hamilton to the 2021 Formula 1 world championship.

The Finn has come up short four years in a row against his teammate and is now facing pressure internally with George Russell impressing during his sole outing in the Mercedes last season.

However, looking ahead to the new campaign, Bottas said that he would continue to work in the best interests of the team rather than solely focusing on beating the seven-time world champion, who is yet to agree to a new contract.

“I think that the strength we have in the team is definitely that we can work as a team,” he told Autosport. “We can for sure race hard, but we can also leave it there.

“And we know the fact that if we can work together, that’s how the team is going to benefit in the end.

“So there’s not going to be any hiding of setups or data or anything. And the team spirit in team sports is underestimated.

“I think it’s really important that you keep the motivation up, and no conflicts.”

Hamilton has been beaten over a season just once since the start of the turbo-hybrid era and that was at the hands of his former teammate Rosberg in 2016.

However, Bottas insists he will not look to mimic the way the German was able to get under Hamilton’s skin and unsettle him.

“Of course, along the way, there’s been many people suggest I change to be a Nico Rosberg,” he added.

“But I’m not a Nico Rosberg. I much prefer to do the talking on track and race fair.

“I have also been able to get to know Lewis, and I know that there’s no benefit of trying to play with his mind.

“I’m sure it would be annoying for him, but it would be wasting my energy. And I think he will be getting even more pissed off and drive faster.

“So I think the way I’m doing things, that’s how I want to win. That is my aim.”