The four-time champion got out of his Ferrari cockpit, and kicked the gravel in utter frustration.
Lewis Hamilton regained the Formula One championship lead in unexpected and dramatic fashion on Sunday, winning the German Grand Prix after race leader Sebastian Vettel crashed and then surviving an investigation into his own driving.
Ferrari driver Vettel had been in charge of his home race, and looked destined to extend his lead in the standings to as many as 21 points before his stunning, and potentially, title-deciding mistake. The rain has come down and washed away the negativity.
"I jumped out and wanted to push it back but it was so far to go". Simple. It's qualifying, the vehicle was still going and I hoped with all my heart that I might make it back and they could fix it.
"Love conquers all", he declared, a possible reference to a defiant message he had posted on Instagram after his auto broke down in Saturday's qualifying.
"I would have loved to win this race, but at the moment I'm very happy for us at the team - it's a flawless result here at the home race for Mercedes in Germany", said Bottas. I think we got along quite well with the tyre selection that we used today.
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Asked if he would have to talk through the situation with Bottas, he said: "We had some eye contact on the podium, and I think it's pretty clear between us".
Hamilton now boasts a 17-point advantage going into the Hungarian Grand Prix next week, before the championship takes a four-week summer break. "I had it in my hands - small mistake, big disappointment". It was one of those moments. It was my mistake so apologies to the team they did everything right. "They did everything right".
In front of a huge crowd of flag-waving Germans at the track near his Heppenheim birthplace, Vettel delivered a lap record in one minute and 11.212 seconds to top the Finn's 1:11.416.
That meant Hamilton and Bottas were in first and second at the restart, albeit with Bottas on fresher tyres than Hamilton and in a position to attack on a drying track.
Sweden's Marcus Ericsson put Sauber in the points with ninth and New Zealander Brendon Hatley was 10th for Toro Rosso.
German driver Nico Hulkenberg was fifth for Renault, with Romain Grosjean sixth for Haas ahead of Mexican Sergio Perez and Frenchman Esteban Ocon for Force India in seventh and eighth positions.
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