A bullish Valtteri Bottas says he is determined to beat Lewis Hamilton in 2019. The Finn was disappointed with his performance last year, as he failed to win a single race, and could reportedly lose his place at Mercedes for 2020 to team reserve Esteban Ocon.
Bottas turned up to pre-season testing in Barcelona sporting a new beard, and admits that his new look is a signal of his intention to turn things around in 2019.
"I did not shave in the winter, I liked how it looks and it fits with what I want to convey," he is quoted as saying at the Circuit de Catalunya.
Bottas said he told himself after last season: "This will never happen again".
"I'm ready to do what's necessary this year to achieve my goals, and if I have to work harder in some places, that's part of it," he added.
Many observers believe Bottas needs to drop the 'nice guy' personality in order to beat Hamilton.
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