Häkkinen: "I expect Bottas to become champion this year"
By Tomas Mota 31 May 2020 | 09:55
Mika Häkkinen expects a lot from compatriot Valtteri Bottas in 2020. The two-time Formula 1 world champion thinks that the Finn could just take the world title this year, he said in the F1 Nation podcast.
"Valtteri has a great position at Mercedes", says Häkkinen about the seven-time GP winner. "He's a great driver and I'm confident that he's better than ever. I have a very high expectation that he will become world champion this year."
The expectation includes years of hard work, according to the former driver of Lotus and McLaren. "We have worked hard for years to get all qualities and tools to that level. He works very hard."
Häkkinen is one of the three Finns who managed to crown themselves as world champions in Formula 1. He did that in 1998 and 1999. Keke Rosberg (1982) and Kimi Räikkonen (2007) are the other two drivers from the Scandinavian country who managed to get the world title. (photo: Mercedes AMG F1)