Welcome at RN365

You are logged in. Benefit directly from all the benefits of your account:

  • Share your thoughts and opinions about F1
  • Win fantastic prizes
  • Get access to our premium content
  • Take advantage of more exclusive benefits

Welcome at RN365

Become part of the largest racing community in the United Kingdom. Create your free account now!

  • Share your thoughts and opinions about F1
  • Win fantastic prizes
  • Get access to our premium content
  • Take advantage of more exclusive benefits
fri 26 mar - sun 28 mar
  • 1 HAM LAP 56
  • 2 VER + 0.745
  • 3 BOT + 37.383
ita
fri 16 apr - sun 18 apr
  • 1 VER LAP 63
  • 2 HAM + 22.000
  • 3 NOR + 23.702
bhr
por
fri 30 apr - sun 02 may
  • 1 HAM LAP 66
  • 2 VER + 29.148
  • 3 BOT + 33.530
ita
esp
fri 07 may - sun 09 may
  • 1 HAM LAP 66
  • 2 VER + 15.841
  • 3 BOT + 26.610
por
mco
thu 20 may - sun 23 may
  • 1 VER LAP 78
  • 2 SAI + 8.968
  • 3 NOR + 19.427
esp
aze
fri 04 jun - sun 06 jun
  • 1 PER LAP 51
  • 2 VET + 1.385
  • 3 GAS + 2.762
mco
fra
fri 18 jun - sun 20 jun
  • 1 VER LAP 53
  • 2 HAM + 2.904
  • 3 PER + 8.811
aze
aut
fri 25 jun - sun 27 jun
  • 1 VER LAP 71
  • 2 HAM + 35.743
  • 3 BOT + 46.907
fra
aut
fri 02 jul - sun 04 jul
  • 1 VER LAP 71
  • 2 BOT + 17.973
  • 3 NOR + 20.019
aut
gbr
fri 16 jul - sun 18 jul
  • 1 HAM LAP 52
  • 2 LEC + 3.871
  • 3 BOT + 11.125
aut
hun
fri 30 jul - sun 01 aug
  • 1 OCO LAP 70
  • 2 HAM + 2.736
  • 3 SAI + 15.018
gbr
bel
fri 27 aug - sun 29 aug
  • 1 VER LAP 1
  • 2 RUS
  • 3 HAM
hun
nld
fri 03 sep - sun 05 sep
  • 1 VER LAP 72
  • 2 HAM + 20.932
  • 3 BOT + 56.460
bel
ita
fri 10 sep - sun 12 sep
  • 1 RIC LAP 53
  • 2 NOR + 1.747
  • 3 BOT + 4.921
nld
rus
fri 24 sep - sun 26 sep
  • 1 HAM LAP 53
  • 2 VER + 53.271
  • 3 SAI + 62.475
ita
tur
fri 08 oct - sun 10 oct
  • 1 BOT LAP 58
  • 2 VER + 14.584
  • 3 PER + 33.471
rus
usa
fri 22 oct - sun 24 oct
  • 1 VER LAP 56
  • 2 HAM + 1.333
  • 3 PER + 42.223
tur
mex
fri 05 nov - sun 07 nov
  • 1 VER LAP 71
  • 2 HAM + 16.555
  • 3 PER + 17.752
usa
bra
fri 12 nov - sun 14 nov
  • 1 HAM LAP 71
  • 2 VER + 10.496
  • 3 BOT + 13.576
mex
qat
fri 19 nov - sun 21 nov
  • 1 HAM LAP 57
  • 2 VER + 25.743
  • 3 ALO + 59.457
bra
sau
fri 03 dec - sun 05 dec

F1 standings

  • 1 VER 351.5
  • 2 HAM 343.5
  • 3 BOT 203
FP1 fri 03 dec
FP2 fri 03 dec
FP3 sat 04 dec
Quali sat 04 dec
Race sun 05 dec
qat
are
fri 10 dec - sun 12 dec
Quali sat 11 dec
Race sun 12 dec
sau
Start Saudi Arabian GP
Days
Hour
Min.
Sec.
Valtteri Bottas

Bottas offers Russell advice for Mercedes move: Avoid the mistake I made

Valtteri Bottas has told George Russell to take things "step by step" when he joins Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes in 2022.

Article
To news overview © Mercedes

George Russell should take time to adapt to life at Mercedes and learn as much as he can from Lewis Hamilton before setting his sights on race wins and world titles, says the driver he will replace, Valtteri Bottas.

Bottas has spent the last five seasons as Hamilton's teammate at Mercedes but will depart for Alfa Romeo in 2022, with Russell gaining promotion to the Silver Arrows after three campaigns with Williams.

Asked what advice he would give his replacement during an appearance on the Beyond the Grid podcast, Bottas admitted that he was "too harsh" on himself shortly after he joined Mercedes, and urged Russell to avoid doing the same.

"Don't think too short term, because it's a sport that there's so much always to learn, and take things step by step," said Bottas.

"He's a talented driver and he's gonna have a great team to support him. He's going to be alongside Lewis [who] he will be able to learn from.

"I don't think I need to give too [much] advice, just maybe [to avoid] the mistake I did – I was a bit too harsh on myself in the very beginning. [But] he'll be fine, I'm sure."

"I needed to be more patient"

Bottas expanded on those points when asked what he would tell himself ahead of his own Mercedes move in 2017, knowing as much as he does now.

"Probably [to be] a bit more patient, in a way," Bottas commented.

"I came into 2017 saying to myself that I'm going to win the championship now. Like, I've got to do it now. And I've got to immediately get poles, wins, which I got pretty quickly. But then I'm sure there's times that I was trying too hard.

"The level Lewis is performing [at] is quite difficult to match. And it's such a fine sport as well, that if you try too much, then normally the stopwatch doesn't like it.

"Especially in 2018, it started quite OK with good performances, but no wins. Then it just went downwards and it was tough. So I would say [be] a bit more patient."

Longer-term deal would have helped

Russell will step up to Mercedes on a "long-term" deal, while Bottas was limited to one-year extensions towards the end of each season, a situation the Finn feels negatively impacted his performance.

"If I knew in 2017 that I would be with a team for five years, I think I would have allowed myself a bit more time to learn about things step by step and also be a bit more forgiving to myself," he went on to explain.

"But in my mind, I thought it was like a one-year opportunity. And then next year, [the] same thing. It was always one year, one year one year... I never had that peace of mind to give me a bit of flexibility on my own criticism."

The third 'F1 Sprint' event will take place at the Sao Paulo Grand Prix in Brazil. How does the new qualifying format work? Here's everything you need to know...

0 comments

x