Hungarian Grand Prix winner Lewis Hamilton has praised his teammate Valtteri Bottas for helping secure the Hungaroring win, but the Finn has since made headlines for saying he was “hurt” when Team Principal Toto Wolff called him a “sensational wing-man.”
Bottas played a critical role in Hamilton’s eventual Grand Prix victory, as he kept Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel behind throughout the second stint, allowing Hamilton to extend a dominant lead.
Bottas, who ran most of the race in P2, would eventually finish in P5 after a collision with Vettel on lap, which was deemed a racing incident by the stewards.
However, by the time Vettel had forced his way past Bottas, Hamilton’s lead was substantial enough to ensure victory by 17-seconds, allowing him to extend his World Championship advantage over Vettel to 24 points.
In a post on Instagram after the race, Hamilton gave “praise and thanks” to Bottas for his drive, saying the team “may not have won today” without it.
Hamilton also said there is a “huge respect” between himself and Bottas, who is still yet to win in the 2018 season.
Mercedes Team Principal Toto Wolff expressed similar feelings of thanks for Bottas’ efforts – but Wolff’s initial post-race comments to Sky Sports F1 on the subject created a media frenzy.
Wolff told Sky Sports F1 that Bottas was a “sensational wing-man” in Hamilton’s sixth victory at the Hungaroring.
When Bottas was asked for his reaction by Sky Sports F1, he initially said: “wingman hurts.”
Bottas then took to Twitter to clarify the media headlines, which he described as “out of context”, before saying he knew what Wolff meant with his comment.
The Finnish driver didn’t directly refute the claim “wingman hurts” – but did say he “saw everything in a negative way for a moment.”
He said he hasn’t called a meeting with team bosses about Wolff’s comment and remains adamant teammate Hamilton would’ve been treated and described in the same way if he was in the same situation.
In a World Championship context, fourth-placed Bottas slipped further behind third-placed Raikkonen following the P5 result, with 14 points now separating the Finnish compatriots.
“Now I’m looking forward to the next weeks, a bit of a break will be good,” Bottas said, “and then I want to come back stronger.”
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I have not called a meeting with the bosses for Toto saying I was the perfect wingman in this race. There is no need to. I was disapponted with my end result in the race and saw everything in a negative way for a moment. I know what he ment
— Valtteri Bottas (@ValtteriBottas) July 29, 2018