Valtteri Bottas: Toto Wolff's 'wingman' comment hurts

Ricciardo

Ricciardo

A disappointed Valtteri Bottas said he was hurt to be described as a "sensational wingman" by Mercedes chief Toto Wolff following team-mate Lewis Hamilton's victory in Sunday's Hungarian Grand Prix. Talking about the first (1), Bottas claimed that Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel turned in "very early" (2), leaving him...

The Finn, who like Hamilton agreed a new contract with the team only two weeks ago, had believed he could race to win, but was forced into a damage limitation race after an early pit stop.

Those comments did not appear to go do down too well with Bottas.

"I think Lewis had a lot in hand in the final stint, so we could have probably caught him a bit, but not passed him", he said.

"Second, I don't see any positives in this race for me".

After disposing of the midfield runners and finding himself in fifth place behind Valtteri Bottas, Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen, albeit at a fair distance, Ricciardo was suddenly a contender for fourth with the Mercedes driver falling into his clutches after damaging his vehicle while battling Vettel. "It's not the track to pass - you saw at the end I was a lot faster than Valtteri and initially I couldn't make it". But then the rear tyres started to die.

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"We could control the pace, but then the rear tyres started to go and I tried to defend as best I could and, in the end, I just ended up being a mess with a broken vehicle". We expected damage limitation, rather than taking the points. We are over half way of the year. "The points gap is big so I'm sure the team will decide at some point".

An hour later, Bottas clarified his comments.

Ricciardo was able to catch and repass Bottas for fourth in the following laps.

The punishment does not change Bottas's fifth-place result as he had a 23s cushion back to Pierre Gasly in sixth.

Fortunately, the Red Bull driver's auto survived the encounter and Ricciardo put himself in overtake mode, progressively moving up the order on the back of a collection of signature moves.

The following lap, he was told to give the position to Ricciardo moments after the stewards confirmed it would launch a post-race investigation into the incident.

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