Bottas dissmissive of criticism over Raikkonen collisions

Williams driver Valtteri Bottas has shrugged off the negativity that he received in the wake of two run-ins with popular compatriot Kimi Raikkonen.

Raikkonen tagged Bottas out of podium contention at Sochi and the duo subsequently collided once more in Mexico, with the Ferrari driver retiring on the spot and the Williams man carrying on to finish third.

While the former clash saw Raikkonen get a penalty and the latter was ruled a racing incident, Bottas did find himself on the receiving end of criticism from some - and was indirectly blamed by his compatriot for the Mexico contact.

Regarding the flak he's gotten, Bottas said: "Obviously it is Kimi-biased in Finland. He is world champion, he's got loads more fans. But that's fine for me. That's how it is.

"I haven't really checked any comments or news cause I know there can be a lot of shit from time to time.

"Facebook private messages, that's the best bit," he added jokingly. "Better not to look."

Situation resolved

The Williams driver continues to say there is no need to clear the air between himself and Raikkonen.

"I'm okay with the whole situation," he said. "We haven't spoken since but I don't think there's any need.

"It's racing - sometimes you hit, sometimes you don't and this time we hit. It's just unlikely that it was me and him again."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Kimi Raikkonen , Valtteri Bottas
Teams Williams , Ferrari
Article type Breaking news