Cape Town - Perennial Mercedes bridesmaid Valtteri Bottas revealed he fell out of love with Formula 1 in 2018, but found it against this season.
The Finn enjoyed his best season in Mercedes colours in 2019, winning four races and ending the season P2 behind team-mate and champion Lewis Hamilton.
It was this upturn in form which secured Bottas a new deal for 2020, and he admits that if his 2019 campaign had have played out like 2018, then the Silver Arrows would have likely let him go.
“If I’d had a similar season to 2018, I don’t [think] the team would have continued with me,” he told Autosport.com.
“That’s how Formula 1 works.
“It’s so important for me and also for my general well-being.
“I’ve had much more fun between the races now, and kind of fell in love with the sport, which I maybe lost a little bit towards the end of last year.
“I’m really enjoying the driving and it’s such an important season for me.
“Now I can happily say again I have many, many years of me, and hopefully still with that same development.”