Valtteri Bottas addressed the world championship situation, and revealed the second-hand heartbreak it caused him.
Bottas’ teammate Lewis Hamilton was denied the championship under cruel and controversial circumstances. Having led from the start to the last lap, a dramatic turn of events saw the authorities get the rules wrong and put him at a massive disadvantage.
He was overtaken by Max Verstappen on the last lap, who went on to win the race and take his first world championship. It was celebrations galore for Super Max, but an absolute travesty for Hamilton.
Bottas addressed the world championship situation, and expressed his disbelief and sadness with the whole thing.
“It hurts that Lewis didn’t get the drivers’. I feel like I lost the championship because he lost it,” he said as quoted by The Scotland Herald.
“I really feel gutted for him because I feel like he deserved it.
“Lewis had a great race and then things change like this. But you know, that’s just sport, that’s just how it is. Sometimes it goes against, sometimes it goes for you.”
Proud of what was achieved
Bottas insisted that his five-year association with Mercedes was superb on all fronts, and that he leaves with no regrets and says goodbye a proud and better driver who was key in all of the team’s victories.
“Now it’s time for something new. I’m really, really proud and thankful what we’ve achieved together. We’ve done great things,” he said.
“It wasn’t maybe the best race to finish it, but you need to look at the big picture. We’ve won five constructors’.
“With Lewis we’ve been the most successful teammate pairing in the history of Formula 1, so it’s kind of sad to leave – but of course I look forward to the future,” he concluded.