Max Verstappen Frowns on Mercedes F1 for Accusing Valtteri Bottas for Mexican GP Woes

Published 11/09/2021, 8:24 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Italian Grand Prix – Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza, Italy – September 11, 2021 Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas after winning pole position and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen after winning second position in the sprint qualifying REUTERS/Massimo Pinca


There was a lot of blaming throughout the Mexican GP weekend. In hindsight, is probably because of the intensity of the championship. First, Red Bull made Yuki Tsunoda the scapegoat to their qualifying woes, the Mercedes blamed Valtteri Bottas for Verstappen’s turn 1 advantage. Ironically, where Mercedes comforted Tsunoda, Max Verstappen backed the Finn.

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After the race, Toto Wolff and Lewis Hamilton claimed Bottas left the door open for Max Verstappen. Although the pole sitter’s defense wasnt the best, Verstappen had been late on the brakes and made a skillful maneuver into the turn. Thus, it’s not really Bottas’ fault, as he was looking to make his own exit successful.

Formula One F1 – Mexico City Grand Prix – Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, Mexico City, Mexico – November 7, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen leads the Mexico City Grand Prix in the first lap REUTERS/Henry Romero

And Verstappen agrees. The Dutchman finds it “pretty cheap to put it all on Bottas.” Although Mercedes had the front-row lock up, they were arriving at the circuit at a disadvantage. The Red Bull machines simply thrive on the loftiness of the track.

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Even Hamilton later complained about the problems with the W12, and constantly reminded his team that they were simply not fast enough for their rivals.

A race to forget for Valtteri Bottas

It wasn’t the best Sunday for Bottas. The driver had arrived in Mexico ready for tacos, and after Saturday’s pole position, a race win. However, Valtteri was out of luck on Sunday’s race.

The Turn-1 defense aside, moments later, Bottas made contact with Ricciardo and spun in the middle of the track. The man who started the race on pole was now behind the grid. Further, he spent his entire first stint staring at the back of the Aussie’s McLaren.

Formula One F1 – Mexico City Grand Prix – Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, Mexico City, Mexico – November 7, 2021 Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas in action during the race REUTERS/Edgard Garrido

Despite trying to overtake Ricciardo, the master defender held Bottas away. Although Bottas got a breather as Ricciardo made his way to the pits, however, his own pitstop was a saddening 11 seconds long. To his dismay, Valtteri exited the pitlane behind the McLaren once again.

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And that’s how his race went, almost defeatedly chasing down Ricciardo; until Mercedes called him in once again to try and play a team role. Bottas was to rob Verstappen of the fastest lap. He did so but didn’t get the point for his purple lap as he crossed the line in P15.

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But for the Finn, the past is in the past as he sips on some good Mexican beer and enjoys the blue sea. After all, there’s the Brazilian GP coming up this week and Bottas will have to recharge his batteries. He may have some people he needs to prove wrong.

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Shreya Sanjeev

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Shreya Sanjeev is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having attained a journalism degree from St Xavier's College, she finds comfort in the sound of her keyboard while typing and excitement in the sound of F1 cars speeding on a track. A street circuit and Daniel Ricciardo fan through and through, Shreya claims the 2018 Monaco GP to be one of her favorite races of all time.

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