Lewis Hamilton Gave Valtteri Bottas a “Consolation Prize” After the Eifel GP: Brundle

October 14, 2020 3:50 pm

Lewis Hamilton brought his car home in P1 at the Nurburgring circuit last weekend. After the race, he mentioned that he knew Valtteri Bottas was graining his front tires; therefore, he decided to turn up the heat on the Finn who was leading the race. Eventually, he had a massive lock-up going into Turn 1 and gifted his lead to Lewis.

Martin Brundle, who witnessed the entire incident unfold and came across Lewis’ comments, felt that Lewis was driving two Mercedes at that point.

A classic comment of his [Lewis] on Sunday post-race was that he could see Valtteri Bottas was gaining his front tires at that point. And so he pushed,” Brundle told SkySportF1.

Formula One F1 – Eifel Grand Prix – Nurburgring, Nurburg, Germany -Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas in action during the race Pool via REUTERS/Matthias Schrader

He was driving two Mercedes at that point. And sure enough under braking and also with a few spots of rain Valtteri locked his front wheel and ran wide.”

Like Brundle described, it was not a good weekend for Bottas. During the start, despite being pushed off the track going into Turn 1 by Lewis, Bottas managed to regain his lead.

But it was all for naught. Just laps after suffering the lock-up, his Power Unit conceded defeat and sent him to the paddocks with his head in his hands up.

Brundle concurred with Lewis Hamilton on his assessment

During the post-race press conference, Lewis complimented Bottas for his determination to regain the lead going into Turn 2 during the first lap. Brundle felt that it was just a consolation prize that Lewis gave to his teammate.

Valtteri made a comment that this gave Lewis advance warning of less grip. But whatever the circumstances Hamilton seized a lead he would not remotely relinquish despite ensuring safety cars,” Brundle said.

Formula One F1 – Eifel Grand Prix – Nurburgring, Nurburg, Germany – Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates after winning the race Pool via REUTERS/Bryn Lennon

He threw Bottas a consolation prize after the race by complimenting his determination to regain the lead in turn 2 of the opening lap, which was indeed a fine piece of aggression and precision driving.”

Bottas’ retirement at Nurburgring meant that Lewis bolstered his lead over the Finn by a whopping 69 points. With just six more races to go, it would be a miracle if Bottas catches up with Lewis and wins the Championship title this year.

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