After Lewis Hamilton significantly missed out on his eighth world championship, his former team-mate Valtteri Bottas has been subjected to some harsh language for his participation in the race in Abu Dhabi. .
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Hamilton found himself with a comfortable lead and within touching distance of a record eighth world title, before Michael Masi’s controversial decision to allow his opponent to take the title. Max Verstappen to participate well in the race.
As a result, the FIA boss controversially allowed several cars between Hamilton and Verstappen to pass a safety car, meaning the Dutchman was able to overtake his lead. seven-time champion let them side by side one lap to go.
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The pair were then left to play a penalty shootout to decide the world championship, which Verstappen won to the desperation of former champion Hamilton.
While Hamilton battled for the title, his usual trusted teammate Bottas was nowhere to be seen, after getting bogged down in the middle of the pack early on.
After his rather dismal performance, the former Surer racer slammed his performance and described the Finn as a ‘failure’.
“Bottas is a real loser in traffic,” he said. He was always having a hard time and had an extremely difficult time.
“He couldn’t pass other cars that were less than a second behind with the fastest car on the field. That was his weak point.”
Bottas has been a regular at his old teammate Hamilton’s side throughout the season, filling the podium with the Englishman and Verstappen on several occasions.
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And the 70-year-old believes that if Bottas were with Hamilton in Abu Dhabi, then Brit would be crowned world champion.
He continued: “Max won’t make it. Passing two cars in a lap won’t work. But Bottas was nowhere.”
While Hamilton’s teammate struggled, title competitor Sergio Perez’s right-hand man thrived, after the Red Bull driver put in a good defensive performance early on to limit his hand’s lead. 36 years old racquet.
Following that, Perez was considered a ‘legend’ by teammate and colleague Verstappen, but Surer was once again full of praise.
While heavily criticizing Bottas, the Swiss player revealed that he felt Finn was a much better winger throughout the season than Perez.
He added: “He [Bottas] always get it right in one round [in qualifying], and sometimes he gets it right that he’s ahead of Hamilton.
“He can do it – and that’s exactly Perez’s weakness.”