F1: Race pace, not qualifying, was my most improved area

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Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes, Red Bull Ring, 2020

Valtteri Bottas says his race pace was the area he improved most significantly during the 2020 season.

The Mercedes driver finished runner-up to team mate Lewis Hamilton in the championship for the second year in a row. He took five pole positions during the 17-round campaign, and came close to out-qualifying Hamilton on several other occasions.

However Bottas believes his Saturday performances were not the most improved area of his game this year.

“It was extremely close many, many times this year [in qualifying] and even in top three as well,” he said. “We had good qualifying battles with Lewis.

“Obviously in the races more often, as the points show, he got the upper hand. But I can’t really say that qualifying was was the biggest thing that I improved. I would say actually the race pace overall this year was a little bit better. But obviously there’s always more work to do.”

Bottas said the season had been “a bit mixed”, after finishing behind Hamilton for the fourth year in a row.

“Of course I didn’t meet my targets for the year in terms of results. But still now looking at the big picture, there’s so many positive things and so many more lessons learnt about driving and about myself and everything that I can again carry into next year and really turn that into into a strength and try again.”

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