Valtteri Bottas has been beaten by team-mate Lewis Hamilton again for the last 4 races in a season since the Azerbaijan GP. The Finn who set the second place in the French Grand Prix cannot follow the momentum of the Brit who’s the fastest driver in grid.
However, the dominant victory at Paul Ricard by Hamiton puts Bottas in a frustrating and deflating situation although the battle is not been mathematically secured yet with 8 races only, where car 44 is ahead of car 77 by 36 points in the drivers’ championship standings with Hamilton winning 6 races.
"Not that much happening from my side," Bottas said. "The start was the best bet for me, but Lewis had a good start as well.
"Ultimately Lewis was quicker today. I couldn't really match his pace so that is something for me to look at before the next one.
The Finn failed to lay a glove on Hamilton at Paul Ricard today, finishing 18 seconds down the road.
"But I'm proud of the team and myself. It's just important to understand what I can do better for next time.
"He was really strong and consistent today and also yesterday in qualifying, but he's not unbeatable, I know that so I just need to work hard."
Bottas had a brilliant start this year at the Australian Grand Prix in “Redemption style” with a positive vibe for a better comeback since last year, the year of his drought of victories; hard year to swallow.
“To whom it may concern: fuck you,” he announced over the radio after taking the checkered flag. That was the start of the Finn who believes he can be in the fight for the world championship and to do so he knows he must first beat his teammate.
Will Bottas be able to catch up with Lewis Hamilton’s pace to stop being behind him, especially the coming races are his team-mate's favorite circuits. Or the Finn is extremely facing the same situation that Nico Rosberg went through alongside the Brit?