Martin Brundle says Valtteri Bottas was in pain after losing out on the world title to Lewis Hamilton.
Valtteri Bottas’ true emotions after launching his closest world title bid yet have been revealed by Sky Sports F1 expert Martin Brundle.
Lewis Hamilton secured his sixth Drivers’ Championship with two races to spare and can now set his sights on Michael Schumacher’s record of seven.
But the Brit’s Mercedes team-mate Bottas is incredibly frustrated at missing out on his maiden honour after a strong season.
The Finn will definitely finish second in the standings regardless of what happens in the final races.
“Interviewing him directly after the race was a good reminder of the pain he was taking as Lewis was champion yet again using the same equipment,” Brundle wrote in his Sky Sports column.
“He was punishing himself for that. They do have the luxury of the best car and team combo, but they navigated themselves into that opportunity.
“It wasn’t a truly great race but it had its moments with Bottas twice overtaking Hamilton.
“And another fine drive from Max Verstappen to keep them both honest with his Red Bull, eventually finishing just five seconds behind Bottas and suffering a yellow flag which prevented him having a run at Hamilton for second place.”
Brundle thinks Bottas should be able to take a lot away from his year as he kept tabs on one of the greatest drivers of all time.
The 30-year-old won his fourth race of the season at the United States Grand Prix on Sunday.
But Hamilton drove home in second place to secure the Championship.
“Congratulations also to Valtteri Bottas,” Brundle added.
“Outlining Lewis’s talent and achievements above is a good reminder of the level of excellence the Finn delivered again to outshine his team-mate from pole position.
“It’s his fourth victory this season and on all of those occasions Lewis was also on the podium, so he’s not just lucking in when Lewis has problems.
“He has the pace and delivery.”