Bottas concedes "everything went wrong" after nightmare title defeat
Valtteri Bottas has conceded "everything went wrong" after finishing 14th and watching his title challenge fizzle out.
While Hamilton secured a record-equalling seventh world title in style with victory in a chaotic, rain-hit Turkish Grand Prix, Bottas endured a torrid afternoon.
In order to keep his slim title hopes alive, the Finn needed to outscore Hamilton by eight-points, but while Hamilton gradually rose through the order, Bottas failed to recover from a pair of first lap spins, and enduring six overall.
“The first lap, everything went wrong,” said Bottas. “I was avoiding a spin in the first corner and I spun as well and then I had a contact in turn nine and the car was not the same any more
“I struggled to stay on track. There was a piece missing from the front wing, and it was survival. Not good.”
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In total, Bottas went off track or spun his Mercedes four times during the Istanbul race as he ended the day 14th and a lap down on his championship winning team-mate.
As frustrated as he was with his own day, however, Bottas showed his class as a sportsman and was gracious in defeat.
A dejected Bottas said: “He [Hamilton] deserves it fully. He was better of us this year overall, on average, and he fully deserves this. But I will try to beat him next year.”
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