The message was interpreted as echoing the pity he felt in the face of criticism final year after he didn’t win a race when teammate Lewis Hamilton won his fifth world championship,
Bottas insisted that the comment was made unnaturally, and that those it was aimed at will recognize they are.
“It simply came, I just wanted to send my best WIShes,” he explained. “That’s it. Frankly, I didn’t consider this or plan it, it only came.
“Obviously there are many people who support you, and frankly I love this many.
“There are always good and the bad, and you can really see the authentic support quite easily.
“And then through the times there’s the other part, which is far more negative. That’s their weakness, therefore it’s ok “
Asked if he felt criticism a year was unfair, he explained:”I can not say unfair, because everyone is able to say what they want.
“Only for whom it might concern, maybe they should try the mirror sometimes and think actually why they do so. For me it’s OK now.”
Pressed on who he had targeted with all the comment, he explained:”It would be quite a very long list, unfortunately, that’s how it goes. I’m convinced the people to who it was, they’d know it”
“It is very special. It’s clearly just my fourth biggest triumph anyway in f 1, after a winless 2018, better. Therefore very, very pleased.
“But it doesn’t happen like this, there’s clearly a lot of work to be able to acquire, and also in order to onto that sort of pace.
“Clearly for winning you need a fast car, and like a team we have been able to achieve it. After very tough cold testing, even here being maybe quicker than expected, caused it to be possible. From my side I have to say it’s the best race I’ve had so much in my career”
Bottas consented that the effect will provide a boost for his optimism,
“In sport and especially this sport the confidence you receive from the outcomes is massive, and it may boost you alot.
“Even though there’ll likely probably be difficult times during every season, you remember the good ones, and also you also get advantage from knowing that you are going to be able to do some thing, such as today.”