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Hamilton praises Bottas amid “wingman” controversy

Lewis Hamilton took to Instagram after the Hungarian Grand Prix to make his praise for Valtteri Bottas known, given his role in the exciting race.

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Lewis Hamilton embraces Valtteri Bottas after the pair locked out the front row during qualifying for the 2018 Hungarian Grand Prix (Image courtesy of Daimler AG).

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.

Lewis Hamilton celebrates his win in the Hungarian Grand Prix (Image courtesy of Daimler AG).

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.

Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas created a media frenzy with his reaction to a comment made by Mercedes Team Principal Toto Wolff (Image courtesy of Daimler AG).

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.”

Steven Walton is an 18-year-old Journalism Student at the Ara Institute of Canterbury. He previously attended St Andrew's College in Christchurch, where he excelled at History and Classical Studies. Steven is the Editor-in-Chief at Green Flag F1 and spends most of his days living, breathing, and immersing in the Formula 1 world.

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