Valtteri bottas believes Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes teammate, fully deserved the win in the British Grand Prix. After colliding with Max Verstappen in the first corner, the reigning world champion had a ten-second penalty. But, after that, Hamilton won the victory and left British fans in the dust.
After winning the Silverstone home race for the eighth consecutive year, Lewis Hamilton was overcome with joy. After Max Verstappen was driven out of the race by Hamilton on lap one, the Brit had to take responsibility. After the incident with the Dutchman Hamilton, Hamilton was still in second place. Charles Leclerc had taken the lead when the two ruffs met. He was then dropped to fifth by a ten-second penalty that had to be paid at his pitstop. Hamilton gained a position by Carlos Sainz’s pit stop. After dealing with Lando norris half-way through the race, Valtteri bottas gave him a clear lead. Charles Leclerc took the win for the last few laps.
Asked what he thought of the incident, Bottas said after the race: “I saw them fight on the first lap, just like on Saturday. I was certain that something would happen. They were fighting hard. These are the kinds of things that can happen. That’s the essence of racing. Don’t lose heart if you are fighting hard. Max is doing well, it was a terrible crash. But I also strongly believe that Lewis deserved to win.”
Bottas was third at Silverstone. He was second behind Lando Norris at the restart, but McLaren’s slow pit stop brought him back to the podium. “Am I satisfied? I don’t know. Bottas said that Lewis’ win and points scored were highlights of a successful day for the team. “Twice it was the start that prevented me from competing for the win. I suffered from wheelspin and was unable to compete for the win. Lando was then very slow and I had to react. This was our best chance of getting ahead of Lando so we took it. I was also aware it would hurt me later in race. But I was happy to finish on the podium, and I scored good points.