Valtteri Bottas admits Lewis Hamilton’s world championship defeat last year also cost him a lot of money.
Valtteri Bottas admits Lewis Hamilton‘s world championship defeat last year also cost him a lot of money.
“You are right,” the Finn smiled when asked about lost team bonuses that are otherwise payable by the Mercedes team for all title victories.
“It was quite a final lap,” Bottas added, referring to the way Red Bull’s Max Verstappen benefitted from the race director’s controversial safety car call in Abu Dhabi.
“Certain bonuses are tied to certain achievements,” he confirmed, although he declined to reveal further details of the Mercedes bonus system.
“Luckily, I hadn’t gotten anything in advance,” Bottas, who is switching to Alfa Romeo for 2022 and beyond, is quoted by Oksari Saari and the Iltalehti newspaper.
“Sometimes you win, sometimes you don’t.”
But while the lost bonus may be a big deal for many Mercedes employees, Bottas admits that he has made enough money in his Formula 1 career so far to not have to worry.
“I don’t really measure it like that but at some…