Bottas was heard over the Mercedes team radio saying: ‘To whom it may concern, f*** you’
Valtteri Bottas hit back at his critics on the track with a dominant win at the Australian Grand Prix – and had strong words for his doubters as well.
The Finnish driver has been criticised for a perceived lack of ability and killer instinct to drive for a top team, after he failed to win a single Grand Prix in 2018.
The Finnish driver has been criticised for a perceived lack of ability and killer instinct
Valtteri Bottas hit back at his critics on the track with a dominant win at the Australian GP
Bottas’ contract expires at the end of the season, with reserve driver Esteban Ocon tipped to replace him in a Mercedes race seat for the 2020 campaign.
However Bottas’ brilliant drive at Albert Park – where he won by more than 20 seconds from Hamilton – was followed by a foul-mouthed attack on those who have written him off.
Bottas was heard making the following announcement over the team radio: ‘To whom it may concern, f*** you’.
It led to speculation on social media over whether Bottas had any specific target in mind for his blast, or whether it was a general response to his critics.
The rebuke was especially notable as it came from the usually mild-mannered Bottas, who when later asked to explain his remarks said the intended recipients would know who they are.
‘It just came, I just wanted to send my best regards,’ he said. ‘That’s it. Honestly, I didn’t think about it or plan it, it just came.
‘Obviously there are many people who support you, and honestly I appreciate that a lot. There are many people around me, supporting me.