The lingering weaknesses Bottas must eliminate now

The lingering weaknesses Bottas must eliminate now

Valtteri Bottas's fight to remain at Mercedes starts again for 2021 after completing a deal to remain with the team next year. With Ferrari and Red Bull looming as a threat, he must remove his lingering weaknesses

Valtteri Bottas has got what he wanted; a fourth season alongside Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes. It's a vote of confidence in him, albeit not as emphatic as a new multi-year deal would have been. So what does he need to do next season to ensure it is not just a case of one more season?

The man himself remains focused on becoming Formula 1 world champion, as you'd expect for someone who only turned 30 on Wednesday. He reiterated his determination to do that on Thursday, but Mercedes doesn't need Bottas to become world champion. His role is far more nuanced than that, and consequently almost as difficult to perform.

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