WATCH: F1 Commentators Mock Bottas for His Mexico GP Start Fiasco

Published 11/13/2021, 3:23 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Portuguese Grand Prix – Algarve International Circuit – Portimao, Portugal – May 2, 2021 Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas before the race Pool via REUTERS/Gabriel Bouys


Valtteri Bottas would like to forget how the Mexican Grand Prix panned out. Despite starting from pole position, he endured a terrible sunday; he fell down the pecking order after being hit by the McLaren of Daniel Ricciardo.

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Now at Interlagos, the Mercedes driver is hoping to redeem himself. However, Formula One commentators, David Croft, Johnny Herbert, and Anthony Davidson, took a dig at the Finn for how his Mexican GP went.

F1 commentators crack jokes on Valtteri Bottas

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The Mercedes driver was zipping around the Brazilian circuit, hoping to redeem himself after the disastrous Mexican Grand Prix. However, instead of praising his heroics in Mexico for getting pole position, Croft, Herbert, and Davidson had some banter for the Finnish driver.

While broadcasting the session, Croft said, “Seeing Valtteri as well, depending what happens on the start. And I really hope he gets a better start, this weekend, you hate to see a pole sitter, drop that far down the order.”

Davidson said, “His actual start was okay,” Herbert intervened and said, “His first corner, the run down to the first corner, and the braking zone into turn one wasn’t okay.” Davidson replied, “It’s a shorter run here,” to which all of them started laughing.

Davidson said, “Shorter the run, the better Valtteri does.”

While Croft stated, “Only a hundred and ninety meters Valtteri and you will be fine,” Davidson said, “Direct correlation, fact, you’re going to be fine here.”

Croft replied, “You have got quarter of the distance now, from Mexico to get it right this time, is that your book as well, driver, coaching?” Davidson responded, “I am sure it’s there, next to chapter going in.”

Herbert said, “The longer the circuit, the slower I was,” all of them couldn’t hold back their laughter, with Croft saying, “Luckily we have only get one minute and forty five seconds to go.”

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How did Bottas’ qualifying session go?

The Finn once again stepped up his game in qualifying. Bottas managed to get out of Q1 and Q2 and was hoping to set another pole position. However, this time around, he was beaten by his teammate, Lewis Hamilton for the top spot on the timesheets.

Formula One F1 – Brazilian Grand Prix – Jose Carlos Pace Circuit, Sao Paulo, Brazil – November 12, 2021 Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas in action during qualifying REUTERS/Amanda Perobelli

Bottas will start the Sprint race from third and will be hoping to grab some points. With the final sprint race just a few hours away, what are your predictions for the Mercedes driver? Let us know in the comments below.

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Arpit Gomes

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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