Valtteri Bottas says he will focus on his driving rather than “psychological games” in order to beat Lewis Hamilton in 2018. The Finn joined Mercedes at the eleventh hour prior to last season, and although he secured a new deal for 2018, Bottas was clearly outpaced by champion Hamilton.

Now, his quest is to secure yet another new deal, for 2019: “Mercedes has been the best team for years now,” Bottas said in Barcelona. “Everyone wants my cockpit. I just have to make the most of every opportunity.”

Team boss Toto Wolff has said he will not start to think about the occupant of the second car for 2019 until the summer, but Bottas said he is confident he can stake a claim: “Last year, sometimes I had to drive setups that were not to my liking,” he said.

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