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Bottas aims to ‘be better’ in 2019

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Valtteri Bottas has got his 2019 season off to a good start with a competitive rally performance.

In his first professional rally, at the Arctic Lapland event in Finland, the Mercedes driver finished fifth overall including a stage win.

“Tricky but truly enjoyable stages,” Bottas said.

For the looming F1 season, however, the pressure is on. 29-year-old Bottas struggled in 2018, and now new reserve driver Esteban Ocon is being strongly linked with the race seat for 2020.

Bottas says: “My target is always to be better so I will continue my work together with the team and try to be a better driver.

“Of course I want to be ahead of Lewis many more times than I was in the last two years. I know it’s going to be hard work but I’m willing to work hard.

“Lewis and I have a great team around us and the team spirit is amazing so the amount of strength I get from the team has been amazing and that’s going to help me also this year,” he added.

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