Bottas shares pain with Hamilton: “I really think Lewis deserved the title”


Red Bull Racing driver Max Verstappen won the very last Grand Prix of this Formula 1 season and immediately captured his very first world title. The Dutchman overtook his competitor Lewis Hamilton on the last lap. Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas is disappointed with the result and would have liked to see his teammate win the world title.

The seven-time world champion was in the lead for a long time, but a safety car caused by Nicholas Latifi allowed Verstappen to join. The Dutchman decided to switch to the soft tire, while Hamilton continued to drive on his old hard tires. After the safety car had left, the 24-year-old Red Bull driver still won the race. “I haven’t seen anyone from the team yet, but I do feel the pain,” Bottas told Sky Sports.

Bottas: “Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t”

Bottas could not play a significant role during the battle between Hamilton and Verstappen. The Finn started the race in sixth place, but dropped back to eighth after the start. “We wanted to win both titles,” says the 32-year-old driver, who does win the constructors’ title with Mercedes. “Winning the constructors’ title again is fantastic, but at the same time it hurts because Lewis was unable to win the drivers’ title.”

Although Bottas has not competed for the drivers’ title for a long time, he does share the pain his British team-mate is feeling. “I feel like I lost the championship myself. I am completely gutted. I really think Lewis deserved the title today. Sometimes it’s good and sometimes it’s bad in sports and this time it just wasn’t our day,” says Bottas.

End of good cooperation Hamilton and Bottas

Bottas will no longer be part of Mercedes next year as his contract has not been renewed. The Finnish driver will be replaced by 23-year-old George Russell. Bottas will drive for Alfa Romeo. For a long time Hamilton and Bottas were a fantastic duo at Mercedes. The seven-time world champion was always very pleased with the help his Finnish teammate gave him. That collaboration is now coming to an end and Bottas will want to prove himself at Alfa Romeo.

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