Bottas: Abu Dhabi race summed up my season

Published on 25 Nov 2018 18:23

Valtteri Bottas says that the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix perfectly summed up his season after another disappointing result. The Finn was just beaten to pole position on Saturday by teammate Lewis Hamilton, and set out on Sunday to take his first win of the season.

After running in P2 for the opening stint, Bottas found being past by Sebastian Vettel, Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo in the second phase of the race. The Mercedes driver crossed the line in fifth place, making a late pit stop after Mercedes were concerned by his tyres.

"I think that race sums up my season pretty well,” Bottas said after the race. “I had a lock up into Turn 5 and in Turn 8 when Max got close. I don’t know why, the team said they could see some issue but I don’t know what and then I touched with Max and there was a slow puncture and in the end… that was it really."

Bottas ends the year as the only driver from the top six that failed to win a race across the entire season. When asked to summarise his 2018 campaign, he replied: “Honestly you’re asking that too early after the end of the year. I want to have some time off and time to think about things. It’s been a mentally tough year so I need some break.”

Bottas will return to Mercedes in 2019 alongside Lewis Hamilton, but signed a one-year deal earlier this season, which means his seat could be in jeopardy come towards the end of next year if he doesn't perform. And he admits that he is already thinking about the new season.

"For sure it has been on my mind but after this kind of season I don’t have the energy to look too far away. I’m just going to take it easy for a while and then I start to look forward. For now it’s just difficult to see the positives but I will.”

Replies (11)
Posts: 244
He was mentally destroyed by team orders in Russia and it was all for nothing, since Lewis had an unassailable lead at that point.
That was obvious to everyone except Toto, it seems.
US ajpennypacker 27 Nov 2018 04:000
Posts: 1404
Well he Russia was the 16th round of the year. He had all that time to shine. But don't let facts get in the way of that one-sided analysis
Posts: 248
It's worrying that he couldn't handle that if that's the case - being in the best car, the pressure is on-he has to perform, he doesn't do that too often - that's the bottom line.
Posts: 330
IMO he ‘won’ two races but Hamilton claimed the victories. By the same token on today’s Channel 4 race commentary, the race gave him 11 wins this season, errr - that would be 9 he won and given the other two. To win implies you have beaten the opposition, not the case when someone is asked to ‘give up’. One of the continuing worst aspects of F1.
Posts: 265
Just remember because of rules limiting development Mercedes was gifted 3 championships.
US mcbhargav 26 Nov 2018 00:330
Posts: 727
He is not performing as good as he should have given the merit of machinery he operates. Ocon should have been given a chance in 2020.
Posts: 951
Bottas has been dealt a bad deal no one will remember his gifting of the race win to Hamilton. On occasions he has been able to beat Hamilton but on those the team made sure that they gave Bottas a lesser strategy. I don't think that he was better than Hamilton but the way that Toto favoured Hamilton was incorrect, it's almost like he wants Bottas to fail so he can replace him. Al the more impressive that Rosberg beat Hamilton in the previous year. For me ocon hasn't been that impressive at least not impressive enough to warrant replacing Bottas. Anyway Mercedes will need all the help they can get next year and I find it strange that their talent can't get an decent F1 seat. Hope Bottas comes back with an Nico Rosberg attitude.
DE juju_hound 26 Nov 2018 09:25+1
Posts: 166
Bottas need to be more agresssive. Nico found out the only way to beat Lewis was being much more raw in wheel to wheel action with Lewis. Bottas needs the same but I'm not sure if Mercedes wants the same.
US Rindtchamp 26 Nov 2018 11:48+1
Posts: 270
I'm sure Bottas is a very nice guy but that said, he is totally and utterly wasting one of the top seats in F1 just because Toto is too scared to put anyone in the car who 'might' challenge his goldenboy. it's quite ridiculous and a huge shame. To see someone like Alonso leaving yet Bottas has again the top seat for 2019 is just beyond dumb. Toto, you're a buffoon!
DE juju_hound 26 Nov 2018 11:59+1
Posts: 166
It seems Toto doesn't want another war in his team, he needs a nice guy who will compete with Lewis as Valterii did last year. This year, as 5th plae shows, was very dissapointing.
Posts: 185
Yes Bottas got destroyed by team orders and Lewis as a narcissist except it as normal but it is not normal as "team" to destroy your teammate with team orders instead do it on the tarmac. Excuse me but Lewis and Toto with the favor of FIA to stop development and the GB officials / stewards kill F1 nothing worst for a sport than total domination, week in week out in to watch this boring procession. And if Max disrupt the status quo they fall over each other to critic his drive style and like schoolteachers preach that he still has to learn, c'mon that is what the real F1 fans want to see action no procession.

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