Valtteri Bottas: “Lewis fully deserved the win today”

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Valtteri Bottas is one of the people who considers the contact between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen to be a racing incident.

Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen made contact in the opening lap of the British Grand Prix, which ended with Max in the barrier and Lewis with a 10-second penalty.

Valtteri Bottas had a front row seat for this fight, as he was just behind the two drivers. At the post-race press conference he gave his thoughts on the incident.

“Well, I saw them fighting through lap one, a bit like yesterday,” the Finn said.

“I had a feeling something is going to happen – but they were fighting hard. That kind of thing, that happens, it’s racing. It can happen.

“When you fight hard, you, when you don’t give up. I’m just happy that Max is fine because it was a big shunt.

“Also, I really feel like Lewis fully deserved the win today.”


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Valtteri ultimately finished the race in P3, and although he was happy for the team, he had mixed emotions about his result.

“Pleased? I don’t know. If I look at the whole picture, as a team, it was obviously a great day for us in terms of points – and for Lewis as well, being able to win the race.

“For me, what compromised the race and being able to fight for the race win was the race start in both occasions: the first race start and then obviously with the red flag.

“So, having wheelspin at the start and losing a place compromises. Lando stopped quite early and had a slow stop, so I had to react to that.

“That was the best case to get ahead of him, so we took the opportunity. At the same time I knew that it is going to compromise the end of the race.

“Still happy to get on the podium and get some good points,” concluded Bottas.

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