F1 pundit Ted Kravitz apologises to Bottas for publicising his eating disorder
Sky Sports Formula 1 pundist Ted Kravitz has apologised to Alfa Romeo star Valtteri Bottas after making comments about the Finnish star losing weight.
Earlier this year Bottas bravely opened up on how he struggled with an eating disorder during the early stages of his F1 career. Speaking to Finnish journalist Maria Veitola, Bottas said: "I trained myself to pain, physically and mentally. No eating disorder was officially diagnosed, but it was definitely there. It wasn't very healthy.
"I wanted to be the best, and I thought I had to do that. If the team says that I have to weigh 68 kilos and I naturally weigh 73 kilos, then they will do everything for that."
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Just over a month on from the interview Kravitz – who revealed he was unaware of Bottas' past issues – has offered an apology to the Alfa Romeo man after passing comment at last week's Bahrain Grand Prix. Describing what happened on his Sky Sports F1 wrap-up show, the pundit said: "I want to spend a little bit of time just to tell you about something stupid and insensitive I did, not knowingly, with Valtteri Bottas on Thursday.
“He’s lost a bit of weight around his jaw and I was quite surprised. I said, ‘Oh, you know, wow, you look so slim and as my mum would say you should eat some more food.’ ‘He was like, ‘No, no, no, I’m slim and I’m healthy’.
“I thought ‘that was a strange thing to say’ when he said healthy and I was later made aware of an interview he did earlier in this year, which I hadn’t seen, where he was talking about when he had close to what he described as an eating disorder.
"He’d dieted so much that he was unhealthy and losing weight. I felt so terrible about joking about him slimming down that I have since talked to his team and when I see him I’ll clear it up and say I had no idea that he was close to an eating disorder, and apologise for any offence that I had done.
“I thought it was really impressive to have the bravery to come out and talk about what in the past was an eating disorder and good for Valtteri for speaking out about it.”
During his interview earlier this year, Bottas admitted that he needed psychological help to combat his struggles.
His said: "I needed a psychologist to help me recover, whose first assessment of me was that I'm almost like a robot who only wants to reach his goal and has no feelings at all. It startled me. It's true that at that time I had no other life than F1."
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