Valtteri Bottas is “never in a position where you can tell that he really wants” to come forward to support Lewis Hamilton in his title fight.
This is what the former F1 driver who became an expert Timo Glock says.
In the last four Grand Prix, Hamilton and Verstappen finished the 1: 2, the protagonists swap barbs in the title race.
During these four races, your teammates influenced the drivers’ standings by one point each.
bottas took the fastest lap point at the Mexican Grand Prix and contested Verstappen, while Sergio Perez took the point in Brazil to take it from Hamilton.
In the final race, the Qatar Grand Prix, it was left to Hamilton and Verstappen to fight for victory and the extra point, with the Briton seeing the checkered flag while Verstappen finished second.
The Red Bull driver made a late pit stop to secure the fastest lap point, reducing Hamilton’s win for the day from seven to six points.
the The distance between the two is only eight points in Verstappen’s favor before the penultimate race of the season, the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.
The gap between the two best drivers in the championship has not been so small since 2008 as compared to the last two races of the year, and we all know what a close end this title fight had …
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And while one could argue that Bottas did everything in his power in Qatar trying to recover from a start penalty and a late start just to suffer a puncture that knocked him out of the Grand Prix, Glock was once again unimpressed by the Finn’s energy.
“He’s never in a position where you realize he really wants to go forward to support Lewis Hamilton,” said the 39-year-old Sky Germany.
“He drives his races without risk and always needs motivation from Toto Wolff.
“I think Lewis and Max are alone to decide the championship.”
Another former F1 driver, Felipe Massa, agrees that Bottas is not doing his best, but he feels that Mercedes is partly to blame for this on Mercedes.
“I’m afraid the team has turned its back on him a bit,” said Massa Gazzetta dello Sport of the soon-to-be ex-Mercedes driver.
Bottas is on his way to Alfa Romeo for the championship next year.
When asked if this would affect a driver, Massa said, “It depends on the driver’s mind.
“I had Ferrari in my heart and did my best until the last lap.
“Valtteri is a serious professional and I’m sure he will try to win. He also needs it for the future. “