Valtteri Bottas has had a tough season, playing second fiddle to Hamilton for most parts and not able to carve a title challenge for himself.
Bottas had always considered himself to be at par with Hamilton, something that he had even shown in the early part of the season, matching Hamilton for race and qualifying pace.
The Azerbaijan GP was when things started to go a little haywire for Bottas. The Finn was leading the race with just 3 laps to go and suffered a rear tyre puncture that essentially gifted the race win to Hamilton.
Bottas was distraught and Hamilton understood the situation and had toned down his post race victory celebrations.
Bottas admitted that he was extremely hurt with what had transpired and was keenly looking a the post race video in order to figure out if it indeed was his mistake that he did not see the debris on the race track.
However, the footage revealed that the debris wasn’t quite visible and it wasn’t really Bottas’ mistake.
Bottas still was devastated with what had happened, especially after Bahrain and China, where Bottas had a brilliant chance of winning too.
And especially in Baku, when he was just 3 laps away.
Bottas admitted that that night in Baku he went back to his hotel room, collapsed to his knees and cried like a little baby.
Emotional Bottas pic.twitter.com/bZRErXdA70
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Bottas had quite an emotional weekend last time round in Sochi too, where a race win was snatched away from him due to team orders imposed by Mercedes. Despite having qualified in pole position, Bottas had to give away his race win so as to help Hamilton secure a 50 point lead atop the driver’s standings for 2019.
Will Bottas’ sacrifice help Hamilton secure the title or will Vettel script a historic comeback?