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Bottas plays down Wolff's 'wingman' comment

2018-07-30 10:56

Image: AFP / Attila Kisbenedek

Valtteri Bottas his hit reverse gear after reacting angrily to the suggestion he is Lewis Hamilton's 'wingman'.

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff used the 'wingman' description while praising the Finnish driver for finishing second behind Lewis Hamilton in Hungary.

'We'll have to talk'

"First, wingman is wrong. Secondly, I don't see the positive from this race," Bottas told the Finnish broadcaster MTV.

READ: 'It hurts to be called Hamilton's wingman', says angry Bottas

As for Wolff's 'wingman' comment, Bottas said: "We'll have to talk."

Wolff responded by saying it was a normal misunderstanding that occurs before driver and team can sometimes get together.

"We have no number 1 and number 2.  I was just talking about his race.  Perhaps the word wingman doesn't do it justice, but he drove a sensational race and helped Lewis to extend his lead," he said.

On social media, Bottas calmed down his own reaction, saying a meeting specifically to talk about the 'wingman' comment is not necessary.

"I was disappointed with my result and saw everything in a negative way for a moment. I know what he meant.

We are on equal terms and I trust the team 100pc on that," Bottas clarified.

But to reporters, Bottas admitted that he might eventually need to play the team game and openly support Hamilton.

"We are halfway through the season and the points difference is big, but of course the team will make a decision at some point," he said.


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