Valtteri Bottas Triggers a Meme Fest Following His Unbothered Reaction to the Hamilton-Verstappen Crash

Published 09/12/2021, 12:53 PM EDT
Formula One F1 – Italian Grand Prix – Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza, Italy – September 12, 2021 McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo celebrates on the podium with after winning the race with second place McLaren’s Lando Norris, third place Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas and McLaren CEO Zak Brown REUTERS/Jennifer Lorenzini


When Lewis Hamilton crashed out of the race at Monza, it was Valtteri Bottas, who managed to pull Mercedes out of the pitfall with a stupendous drive.

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The Finn, starting the race from the back of the grid went on to claim the final podium spot, and handed his team what could be a highly crucial 15 points amidst the intense constructor’s battle with Red Bull. This dominant drive from Bottas comes days after he announced his move to Alfa Romeo next season.

And some would have certainly noticed this; Bottas has been all smiles since the announcement arrived. It looks like the pressure is finally off his head, as he is certainly starting to show glimpses of what he could accomplish on the track.

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Fans have a laugh at the awkward Valtteri Bottas moment post-race

That unusual smile on Bottas’ face led to a meme-fest on social media. During the post-race interview, Bottas was asked to weigh in on the Hamilton-Verstappen crash. The Finn had a glance at the crash, which was then playing on the big screen in the backdrop.

And, well, he just started smiling out of nowhere and reacted, “Oh no! Anyways…“. It almost looked like he was either hesitant against giving away his point of view on the crash or he pretty much did not care about the incident and rather wanted to savor his own moment.

Formula One F1 – Italian Grand Prix – Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza, Italy – September 12, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton crash out of the race REUTERS/Jennifer Lorenzini

Throughout the post-race ceremony, Bottas was unlike what we’ve seen over most parts of this season. He looked absolutely relaxed, stress-free, and was enjoying every bit of the McLaren celebrations that were happening in front of him.

Twitter reacts to the hilarious Bottas’ smile

Bottas takes the front seat in the battle for P3

The Finn, who looked rather leggy during the early part of the season, is certainly starting to get up to speed. And part of the credit goes to Mercedes, who terminated his contract, potentially unleashing the real pace of Bottas.

Bottas is currently holding on to P3 in the championship, 9 points ahead of Lando Norris and 23 points ahead of Sergio Perez. The blistering pace he showcased at Monza is undeniably a hint of the kind of performance Mercedes has to offer on the track.

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Formula One F1 – Italian Grand Prix – Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza, Italy – September 12, 2021 Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas celebrates on the podium with finishing third place in the race REUTERS/Jennifer Lorenzini

Hence, with similar circuits set to follow including Sochi, Istanbul Park, and COTA, Bottas could well see off his final Mercedes season in P3. But, with both Verstappen and Hamilton turning more accident-prone, does Bottas stand a chance in having a go at the title?

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Rohit Kumar

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Rohit Kumar is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been an ardent follower of the racing series since 2007, with his love for the sport coinciding with his love for Kimi Raikkonen. He is also an ardent follower of Sebastian Vettel and Aston Martin Racing.

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