Seven-times Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton has moved to defuse comments he made about Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas and Red Bull’s Sergio Perez after the Mexico City Grand Prix at the weekend.
The Briton, who is 19 points behind Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and the Mexico Grand Prix winner with four races remaining, took to Instagram to explain his words.
“Yesterday I said Valtteri Bottas left the door open and of course people will criticize me,” Hamilton said of his observation that Bottas, who had started from the front, left space for Verstappen to take the lead in Turn 1.
“We are a team and we win and we lose as a team. No one person is responsible for winning or losing, we do it together whether it’s good or bad. You may be able to beat us but you can’t break us.”
“Let’s look forward to the next race, Valtteri, keep pushing, bro,” added the Briton.
Hamilton also told reporters after the race that he “knows that Red Bull was quick in the race because Perez came close to him.”
The Mercedes driver said he wanted to “make sure people don’t misinterpret what I’ve been saying”.
“I have a lot of respect for Perez and I think he is doing a great job at his new team. He has improved a lot this season and I know how difficult it is to progress with a new team, it takes time. My comment was simply that chasing another car in Mexico is the hardest thing because of the low drag that We all face it. That’s why there are so few skips.”
“However, he was able to follow me closely which highlights the amount of downforce they were capable of.”
Perez finished the race in third place, with Hamilton in second place.
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