Lewis Hamilton's blame on Valtteri Bottas 'probably true' in frank confession

Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas says he could’ve “done things differently” during the opening lap of the Mexican Grand Prix after Lewis Hamilton claimed the Finn “left the door open” for Max Verstappen. Starting on pole, Bottas had a good opportunity to try and cover Verstappen into the first corner, who lined up third on the grid.

Hamilton, starting in second, had the added task of starting on the dirty side of the track but clung on to his team-mate to challenge for the lead.

But as the pair were battling amongst each other, Verstappen pulled off a sensational overtake, going round the outside of both of the battling Mercedes and slotted in front heading to Turn 2.

Bottas’ day went from bad to worse as he was tapped by McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo and spun around, ending up facing the wrong way.

Hamilton was left frustrated by the situation, and Bottas, speaking ahead of the Brazillian Grand Prix, admitted in hindsight he could’ve covered off Verstappen better.

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“Even so, the spin afterwards and the complete loss of points with Valtteri’s car when it could have been a third or fourth place is annoying, to say the least.

“I don’t think we could have won the race even if we would have stayed ahead in the first corner because they could have driven circles around us around the pit stops.

“In the end, for Lewis’ championship, it was damage limitation, as for the constructors’, Valtteri spinning out at Turn 1 was just very painful.”

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