Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas has said that he’s prepared to “go all in” as he bids to improve on his problematic 2018 campaign.
The Finn came under fire in 2018 for being unable to mount a consistent challenge to championship-winning team-mate Lewis Hamilton, and he ended the year without a race win.
Whilst Bottas had endured some misfortunes that denied him race wins in events such as China, Azerbaijan and Russia, he was mostly out-paced by the five-time world champion.
Speaking at the launch of Mercedes’ latest car, the W10, Bottas said that he had been boosted by criticisms of his 2018 performances.
“I had a really good winter; I’m full of energy and I’m looking forward to the new season,” said Bottas. “I started my first training camp in early January and have been on a good path ever since.
“I am excited for the new season and that everyone starts with zero points. We are all on the same line and 2019 can bring anything; I’m going to go all in this year.
“There was quite a bit of criticism at some stages of 2018, but that’s actually been a positive thing for me because it’s given me an extra boost!
“I’m now looking forward to drive the new car for the first time. The car has changed quite a bit because of the aero regulations changes, so it will be interesting to get an idea of how the car feels and how it handles.
“You never know what to expect and so it’s exciting to jump in the car and discover it, to try to get a feel of the balance of the car and its behaviour. We do already push the car in the shakedown to get a feel for it.”