However, Verstappen’s teammate at Red Bull, Sergio Perez, played a key role in keeping Hamilton strong as the British wanted to claim his record eighth title.
After Hamilton made his first and only pit stop, he emerged from the pit lane behind Perez, who refused to be easily overtaken, with the pair’s duel allowing Verstappen to close a significant gap. tell.
However, Bottas did not offer Hamilton such assistance, he fell into the net at the start of the race and became trapped in the herd.
“Bottas was in for a shock,” said Palmer. “Now, does that cost Hamilton the title? If Bottas were in Verstappen’s pit-stop window, Verstappen wouldn’t have had outright ‘free’ stops.
“A great driver for the team for so many years, the last race he went missing and that meant Verstappen got a ‘free’ stop at the Virtual Safety Car, a ‘free’ stop at Safe car.
“If you have another Mercedes there within 23 seconds of him, in a faster car with Lewis Hamilton at the wheel, he can’t do it and Hamilton is the champ.
“Bottas has been very solid but when it comes down to it, he can’t help his teammates, and Perez has done all he can, and he’s competing to do it.”
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/motor-racing/formula1/valtteri-bottas-lewis-hamilton-f1-title-b1976443.html Valtteri Bottas has won Lewis Hamilton’s F1 title, claims Jolyon Palmer