VIDEO: Unearthed Moment From Saudi Arabia as a Concerned Valtteri Bottas Checks on Lewis Hamilton

Published 01/01/2022, 11:57 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Qatar Grand Prix – Losail International Circuit, Lusail, Qatar – November 21, 2021 Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas during the drivers parade REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed


The inaugural Saudi Arabian GP on a fast and challenging Jeddah circuit kept all the F1 fans on the edge of their seats. The much-awaited penultimate race was red-flagged twice, with multiple Virtual Safety Cars and five cars crashing out. Lewis Hamilton reigned supreme at the end and that win brought him on equal points with Max Verstappen.

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The race had many highlights apart from the constant back and forth between the two title rivals. Former Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas had a good weekend in Jeddah and he ended up taking the final podium. However, the British star took a moment after the race to comprehend the crazy turn of events.

Bottas was checking on teammate Lewis Hamilton after a tough day. Though he took home the chequered flag in the first place, it was an exhausting experience for the Briton. Hamilton won that race with a broken front wing after he was allegedly break-tested by his Red Bull counterpart.

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Formula One F1- Saudi Arabian Grand Prix – Jeddah Corniche Circuit, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia – December 5, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen in action with Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton during the race REUTERS/Ahmed Yosri

Bottas checking up on Lewis Hamilton

The reigning world champion received a tough title fight from the young Red Bull star. Pressure throughout this championship kept mounting up on the two frontrunners. With the stakes getting higher than ever, these events surely take a toll on the mental well-being of the drivers.

When Hamilton returned to the garage after the race, he could be seen recuperating with physio Angela Cullen by his side. Hamilton looked extremely tired and was breathing with his hands covering his face. Bottas seemed concerned about his health and could be heard saying, ” Is he okay?” 

Hamilton himself said after the race that it was an incredibly tough experience for him. Notably, the Briton took the lead of the race finally at the 43/50 lap and he had to complete the race with a broken front wing.

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“I’ve been racing a long time, but that was incredibly tough – I tried to be as sensible and as tough as I could be out there but also sensible with all my race experience over the years, just keeping the car on track and staying clean,” said Lewis Hamilton.

“It was difficult, but we persevered as a Team. We’ve had all sorts of things thrown at us in the second half of this season so I’m just really proud of everyone,” he added.

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The result in Jeddah made the 2021 F1 title battle one of the most interesting ones in recent times. Although Max Verstappen went on to clinch the title in the next one, this drive by Lewis Hamilton was surely one for the ages.

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Rituraj Tripathi

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Rituraj Tripathi is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. A true lover of speed, he is big fan of Lewis Hamilton and finds a future world champion in Lando Norris. Rituraj eagerly looks forward to the paddock moving to the Circuit de Monaco, and he finds Portier corner as the most exciting part of the track.

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