Valtteri Bottas explains “To whom it may concern“ radio message

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After winning the Russian Grand Prix, Valtteri Bottas exclaimed over the radio: “to whom it may concern, fu**k you”, in a callback to his famous Australia 2019 message.

The first time Bottas gave this message to his critics was after he dominantly won the 2019 Australian Grand Prix. Now the Finn explains why he uttered those words again.

“Honestly, I just don’t get the people who has the need to criticise people,“ said Bottas in the post-race press conference.

“There’s been people telling me that I should ‘not bother’, I should ‘give up’, but how I am, I will never do that.

“So I just wanted to again send my best wishes to them. It just came out.

“But the main thing is I’m confident when I come to every race weekend and I believe I can do it and that’s how I’m always going to be. You have to have that mindset.

“And I’m glad even [though] yesterday was tough, I didn’t give up, I looked at the positives and I knew there would be opportunities. And things came to me today.

“So yeah, I hope I can encourage people not to give up because that’s the biggest mistake you can do in your life.”

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The Finn also acknowledged his win in Russia is a confidence boost.

“[My last win was] a while ago, but it’s been so close many times. I feel my race pace especially this season has been quite a bit better than in any season before.

“I can’t say it’s been frustrating but it’s been a bit annoying that it’s been close but nearly there, but things definitely did go my way today.

“As I’ve been saying, things can’t go against you forever. So definitely really satisfying today. To get the win, [it] felt like it was well earned, [and I] obviously consider myself lucky as well with Lewis’s penalty.

“But otherwise it was a strong race,” concluded Bottas.


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