(Motorsport-Entire.com) – For the second time in a row, Valtteri Bottas has to be satisfied with the runner-up title. It is true that the Mercedes driver still has a mathematical likelihood of the world championship crown compared to his team-mate and defending champion Lewis Hamilton. But 64 Points deficit with four outstanding Formula 1 races speak for themselves.

Valtteri Bottas

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Off the track, always in a double pack: Valtteri Bottas and Tiffany Cromwell Zoom Receive

The support of his girlfriend Tiffany Cromwell, who accompanies Bottas to almost all races, has not been able to inspire him. The two only made their relationship public in February of this year and have been inseparable ever since.

They also train together , because Cromwell is an athlete, more precisely a professional cyclist. As such, she tries to drive her companion to top performance, both physically and mentally. The Australian can’t explain why it wasn’t enough to survive against Dominator Hamilton this time either.

“I don’t know once Lewis might do something different than Valtteri,” says Cromwell in conversation with the ‘ Bild am Sonntag ‘. “I can only emphasize the positive things over and over again and keep in mind what he is capable of and that it depends and not too much on what became once Lewis does.”

Photo gallery: The 14 most dramatic team duels for the title

1950: The first Season in the history of the Formula 1 World Championship also sees the first duel between two teammates for the world title. The two Alfa Romeo drivers Juan Manuel Fangio and Giuseppe Farina each win three of the seven races of the season. When it is added up after the final race in Monza, the Italian Farina is the first Formula 1 world champion in history with three points ahead of the Argentine Fangio. Photo gallery

The Bottas friend used a special decoration trick in the shared apartment, as the Finn reveals: “One The thing was pretty impressive: Tiff hung pictures of my victories in our apartment in Monaco – I never wanted to hang driving pictures of myself on the wall because I thought it was self-expression. “

“But she said to me: ‘When you look at her, remember what you are capable of.’ When I come home after a bad race and look at the pictures the next morning, I think: ‘Ah yes, I won that.’ “

In the current Formula 1 Season so far it has only been enough to two wins in Spielberg 1 and Sotschi. Another eight times Bottas was second or third on the podium. For comparison: Hamilton only reached the podium once more, but there were also nine wins among his podium places.

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