Bottas slipped to dead last, following turn one contact with Vettel, recovering only to seventh after a strong qualifying.
The Finn seemed downbeat after the race, talking to the press while God Save The Queen played in the background for Hamilton’s win.
He said that the French Grand Prix, especially a late, slow pit stop that further damaged his recovered “summarised his whole season” so far.
On the lap one contact, he said “Turn one I was on the outside, approached the corner ahead of Sebastian and of course we were hit from behind, I guessed it was him and we got a puncture, damage from the wheel spinning around which of course really compromised the race.”
Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff said Bottas called the car ‘shocking’ after the impact, detailing extensive damage – “The damage was quite extensive because it was on the floor, the tyre seal – Valtteri’s comments afterwards were that it was ‘shocking’ to drive. That’s why it ruined his race.
“To be honest, with Sebastian – Sebastian misjudged the situation and took himself out of the race, lost valuable points so it bites them both. Whether 5 seconds is sufficient or not, I don’t want to judge here. Because obviously – I guess where the stewards came from, they were both last in the race at that point.”
Looking for positives, Bottas said “I think I had the fastest lap of the race, which is quite something given the car was quite damaged.
“I don’t know should I cry or laugh about this race? Maybe just laugh.”
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