Lewis Hamilton sends message to Valtteri Bottas after his disastrous Mexico GP

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Lewis Hamilton took to social media to backtrack on his reaction to Valtteri Bottas’ disastrous Mexican Grand Prix. Both seven-time world champion Hamilton and Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff appeared to criticise Bottas’ defending, with Red Bull rival Max Verstappen able to overtake both drivers on the first corner. 

In the aftermath of the race, Wolff commented on how the Finn – set to be replaced by George Russell at the Silver Arrows when he goes to Alfa Romeo at the end of the season – left a ‘bus lane’ of room around the outside.

Wolff defended Bottas’ motivation ahead of his impending move in the title race, suggesting he wouldn’t have secured pole position if it was otherwise.

However, the Austrian was left frustrated with Verstappen’s early move, which the Dutchman held on to win the race and extend his championship lead.

Hamilton weighed in on the situation as well, and Verstappen hit back by suggesting it is ‘pretty cheap’ to ‘put it all on Bottas’ for Mercedes’ Mexican disappointment.

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Hamilton appeared to backtrack on his comments on social media as he desperately tries to maintain unity within the team ahead of the crucial final four races.

In an Instagram post on Monday afternoon, the 36-year-old wrote: “Yesterday I said VB left the door open and naturally people will jump to criticise.

“We are a team and we win and lose as a team. There is not one single person responsible for winning or losing, we do it together good or bad.

“You may be able to beat us, but you won’t be able to break us.

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“Onto the next one Valtteri, let’s keep pushing bro!”

Hamilton had originally been rather direct in his frustration with his teammate, first suggesting ‘we all have bad days’ before explaining his issue at the opening corner in more detail.

“I had envisaged it differently naturally in the sense that Valtteri maybe got a better start and I would have tried to get into his tow but obviously I was alongside him which was good,” the Brit said.

“I was covering my side of the track making sure that no one could come up the inside so was trying to keep whichever Red Bull I could see in my mirror behind.

“I thought Valtteri would be doing the same but he left the door open for Max. 

“Max was on the racing line so did a mega job braking for Turn 1 and I was on the inside on the dirt and there was no hope for me.”

Formula 1 returns to the Interlagos in Sao Paulo for the Brazilian Grand Prix on November 14, with Red Bull star Verstappen holding a 19-point lead over Mercedes’ Hamilton.

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