Valtteri Bottas has shrugged off a poll of Formula One team bosses that rated the Mercedes driver in only 10th place despite him winning three races this year and ending up third in the championship.The placing was one lower than the Finn had managed with Williams in 2016.”There’s always all kind of polls and stuff,” Bottas, who joined Mercedes in January as a replacement for Nico Rosberg after the 2016 champion retired, told reporters at the governing FIA’s end-of-year prize-giving.”I don’t really think about it, if I’m under-rated or things like that.”Really what matters is how I perform on track: how many races I will be able to win in future. The main thing is within the team, that they know exactly my level of performance, that they know what I’m capable of doing.”The Finn jokingly hoped his own team boss Toto Wolff had not voted him 10th in the poll conducted by motorsport.com.Bottas also took three pole positions and ended up on the podium 13 times but he also suffered something of a slump after the August break and in some races he was comprehensively out-performed by team mate Lewis Hamilton.Hamilton, who topped the poll by a huge margin, won nine times and took his fourth world championship.The Briton has praised his teammate for bringing a new harmony to the team after a prickly time with Rosberg and emphasised how well the pair get on.”I think as a driver I’ve definitely learned a lot. I’ve felt that sometimes I had quite a hard lesson, I really struggled in some races with the car and my driving,” said Bottas.advertisement”I really have to work on many of the issues and learn from those and get better. I think out of all the seasons I’ve had in Formula One, this is the one where I’ve learnt the most.”The Finn said ending with a victory in Abu Dhabi, in a one-two with Hamilton, was the perfect way to sign off for the year but he would have to raise his game in 2018 against a team mate who ranks as one of the all-time greats.He was not worried about being categorised as a good team mate, rather than a potential champion.”I know that this will be up to me,” he said. “We are able to race Lewis with equal machinery and equal terms, we are going to be allowed to race on the track so it’s up to me.”If I can perform in qualifying, and well in the races pace-wise and in racing situations, then I can fight for the title if we have a good car.”
State Minister for Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Pearnel Charles Jr., says that since Jamaica became a member of the Commonwealth in 1962, the nation has benefited from fruitful cooperation in a number of areas. State Minister for Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Pearnel Charles Jr., says that since Jamaica became a member of the Commonwealth in 1962, the nation has benefited from fruitful cooperation in a number of areas.He cited support in accessing climate change financing, youth leadership and empowerment, trade competitiveness, education, among others.“Jamaica is grateful for the support provided over the years, which has contributed greatly to the country’s path towards inclusive and sustainable development,” he said, while addressing a Commonwealth Day celebration at King’s House on Monday (March 11).He noted that the Commonwealth’s Climate Finance Access Hub “is ensuring that Jamaica and other small States are climate finance ready by building our capacity to bid for pledged climate funds in support of greater resilience.”Special Adviser to Governor-General, Ambassador Burchell Whiteman (left), raises a toast during the Commonwealth Day celebrations at King’s House on Monday (March 11). Sharing in the moment (from second left) are Minister of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Pearnel Charles Jr; Nigerian High Commissioner, Her Excellency Janet Omoleegho Olisa; Canadian High Commissioner, Her Excellency Laurie Peters; and High Commissioner of India, His Excellency Girish Juneja. “Jamaica is grateful for the support provided over the years, which has contributed greatly to the country’s path towards inclusive and sustainable development,” he said, while addressing a Commonwealth Day celebration at King’s House on Monday (March 11). “This is particularly important for us as a small island developing State, given that climate change persistently threatens our development and even our existence,” Senator Charles Jr. added.He said that the annual Commonwealth Day observance serves as a reminder of the greatness that can emerge from cooperation, “particularly for us countries, which committed 70 years ago to remain united as free and equal members of the Commonwealth of Nations, freely cooperating in the pursuit of peace, liberty and progress”.“We welcome this year’s theme for Commonwealth Day, ‘A Connected Commonwealth’, as it calls on us all to harness our dynamism and potential to leverage traditional commonalities into new and innovative means of working together,” he said.“We must work together to strengthen relations and synergise activities in key areas for the benefit of all our countries and people,” he added.The Foreign Affairs State Minister called on all Jamaicans, particularly the youth, to continue to engage with the Commonwealth and to avail themselves of the opportunities to participate in, and to promote the work of the organisation.Nigerian High Commissioner, Her Excellency Janet Omoleegho Olisa, points out interesting feautures of a display on Nigerian artefacts, to Special Adviser to the Governor-General, Ambassador Burchell Whiteman. Occason was Commonwealth Day celebrations at King’s House on Monday (March 11). Story Highlights He noted the opportunity for young people to apply and take part in programmes such as the Commonwealth Youth Council and the Queen’s Young Leaders Programme.“I also call on the Commonwealth Secretariat to increase its efforts to engage with all its members, and this must be done towards a better future for our countries and our people for successive generations,” Mr. Charles Jr. said.Since 1977, Commonwealth Day has been celebrated annually on the second Monday in March.The 53 Commonwealth countries in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Americas, the Pacific and Europe, marked the day with a range of activities, such as faith and civic gatherings, school assemblies, flag-raising ceremonies, street parties and cultural events. He cited support in accessing climate change financing, youth leadership and empowerment, trade competitiveness, education, among others.