Valtteri Bottas called a ‘failure’ after Lewis Hamilton’s dramatic title loss


After Lewis Hamilton dramatically missed an eighth world title, his now ex-teammate Valtteri Bottas received harsh words for his involvement in the Abu Dhabi race.

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Former Mercedes man Valtteri Bottas has been called a “failure” by Formula 1 expert Marc Surer following the Finn’s role in Lewis Hamilton’s loss of the world title to Abu Dhabi.

Hamilton found himself with a comfortable lead and a touching distance from a record-breaking eighth world title, before a controversial move by Michael Masi saw title rival Max Verstappen get into the race.

As a result, the FIA ​​boss controversially allowed a number of overtaken cars between Hamilton and Verstappen to overtake a safety car, meaning the Dutchman was able to reduce the seven-time champion’s lead to leave them side by side. coast with a turn to do.

Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen faced off in the final round in Abu Dhabi.


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The two fighters then had to go into a one-round shootout to decide the World Championship, which Verstappen won to the despair of former champion Hamilton.

As Hamilton battled for the title, his usual loyal teammate Bottas was nowhere to be found, having been overwhelmed in the middle of the field from the start.

After his rather dismal display, the former Surer rider criticized his performance and described the Finn as a “failure”.

He said: “Bottas is actually a failure in the traffic. He’s still stuck and having an incredibly difficult time.

“The guy just can’t pass other cars that are more than a second slower than the fastest car in the field. This is his weakness.

Bottas has been alongside his ex-teammate Hamilton often throughout the season, repeatedly filling the vacant podium spot alongside the Englishman and Verstappen.

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Bottas was a familiar figure on the podium in 2021.


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And the 70-year-old believes that if Bottas had been alongside Hamilton in Abu Dhabi, the Briton would have been crowned world champion.

He continued, “Max would not have made it. Passing two cars in one lap would not have worked. But Bottas was nowhere.

As Hamilton’s teammate struggled, title rival Sergio Perez’s right-hand man thrived, after the Red Bull driver put on a fine defensive display early on to limit the player’s lead. 36 years old.

As a result, Perez was called a ‘legend’ by his team and fellow driver Verstappen, but Surer once again fell short of praise.

While strongly criticizing Bottas, the Swiss revealed that he believes the Finn has been a much better winger throughout the season compared to Perez.

He added: “He [Bottas] always succeeds on a single turn [in qualifying], and he sometimes understands so well that he is ahead of Hamilton.

“He can do it – and that is precisely Perez’s weakness.”

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