Lewis Hamilton stands up for his teammate Valtteri Bottas who was the race leader after the race restart which caused multi-car crashes. Nicolas Latifi, Kevin Magnussen, Antonio Giovinazzi and Carlos Sainz are among the drivers who crashed on the race race restart and could be heard complaing about Bottas who was the race leader at the moment.
Sebastian Vettel also went ahead to complain about the Bottas move being the main cause of the accident on the track.
“It is simply unnecessary. As the leader, you have to be aware of such things,” Vettel said.
“If you want to wait, you should wait a long time and then step on the gas, but don’t stop and go… If you want to wait, you should wait a long time and then step on the gas, but don’t stop and go.”
Lewis Hamilton came to Bottas’ defence saying FIA was the one to blame as he said, “It is absolutely not Valtteri’s fault. It is the policymakers, they are clearly trying to make things more exciting, but today you have seen that that puts people in danger. Maybe they should reconsider that rule.”
“They turned off the safety car lights later and later. We are fighting for positions. Especially when you deserve that position, like Valtteri deserved to be in the lead,” the six-time world champion concluded.