Bottas Says He Didn’t Let Hamilton Past Earlier As He Was Doing ‘His Own Race’ – WTF1

Bottas Says He Didn’t Let Hamilton Past Earlier As He Was Doing ‘His Own Race’

Valtteri Bottas was out of contention for the win from Lap 1 of the Spanish GP after Charles Leclerc blasted around his outside at Turn 3, but that didn’t mean he was keen to let his teammate Lewis Hamilton past when he was in a late fight for the win. 

In the later stages of the race, Bottas was faster than the leader Max Verstappen, but not as quick as Lewis behind him. Hamilton had pitted for fresh tyres and was on the charge for victory.

“No, I definitely could have let him by earlier, but I was doing my own race,” Bottas told SkySports after the race. “It’s always calculating things, and I was trying to get Charles out of my pit window so I could stop again and try and go for an extra point. The main thing in my mind was my own race.

“There wasn’t that much [conversation between Mercedes]. They told me not to hold him up too much, but like I said, I was also doing my race. I’m not here to let people by.”

Whoa, Valtteri. He always says he doesn’t want to play mind games, but this felt like a little statement of intent. Maybe having a fast teammate won’t be the blessed Mercedes think it is.

“Yeah, I think what made it more tricky for me, I lost a place to Charles on lap one out of Turn 3. [I] didn’t see him actually, so I think he chose a better line through Turn three and got me and then I was stuck behind him for a while and compromised the race a bit.”

The fight with Leclerc was only dealt with after the pitstops because Valtteri couldn’t pass him on track and because this took the whole first stint, he had no chance of winning anymore, but his pace alone was good.

“I think we had the pace. Lewis showed that he could win the race, and I don’t think [my] pace was dissimilar. So it’s a bit of a shame. But here, track position is so important. It’s tricky to follow and to pass.

“I knew when I was P4 it was going to be tricky, but we made it to the podium and outscored Red Bull. I think it’s just small details today. It was Lap 1, turn three. I think otherwise the pace was there.”

Was Bottas right to make life more difficult for Hamilton to overtake? Let us know in the comments below.


4 thoughts on “Bottas Says He Didn’t Let Hamilton Past Earlier As He Was Doing ‘His Own Race’

  • Walter Palmer says:

    Yes. He is a racing driver first, team player second. He did not hold up Lewis very long at all – Lewis lost o.4s on that lap. I wish he had found a way around Leclerc quicker. Mercedes SHOULD have been 1-2 here.

  • DarthGrimlock228 says:

    I think bottas should be playing the team game, he wasn’t in a position to win the race and is behind in the championship, there is a clear threat from redbull. Hamilton would and has played the team game in the past so I hope they sort it out. I do understand bottas frustrated with the results.

  • Phillip Watters says:

    I’ve lost so much respect for Bottas since he joined Mercedes. He’s grown bitter and angry while learning just how much better Hamilton is and he resents it.

    As long as he’s the number 2 driver he should do what he can for the team and his superior teammate.

    • Hi Philip i agree with you. Bottas is not a team player.
      It’s clearly that he don’t like him. Maybe Mercedes should tech them how to cooperate better.
      What do you think will happen if Hamilton win the Monaco GP? When we see picture of lewis hamilton helmet with the trophy, what will be Bottas expresion?

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