After an enticing Mexican Grand Prix a fortnight ago, which concluded the Drivers’ Championship and handed Lewis Hamilton his fourth world title in Formula One, he became only the fifth driver to achieve the feat.
Despite getting both the Drivers’ and Constructors’ Championships wrapped up early, Mercedes continue their domination in the practice sessions in Brazil and are guaranteed to produce more exciting antics this weekend.
Hamilton’s teammate Valtteri Bottas played a pivotal role in the Brit winning the title ahead of challenger Sebastian Vettel, and the Finnish star’s tremendous first season with the team impressed the hierarchy, resulting in him extending his deal until the end of 2018.
Two pole positions and two phenomenal victories to date in Mercedes colours, Bottas has been the ideal partner to Hamilton.
However, the absence of the Finn from the title-winning celebrations of his teammate in Mexico has not gone unnoticed.
The duo have always had a good camaraderie, especially compared to Nico Rosberg and Hamilton, who were at each other's throats for most of last season, yet, speculations were abuzz following Bottas’ decision to skip the event.
The 28-year-old has finally come out and admitted why he was not to be found at the celebratory party in Mexico two weeks ago, celebrating his partner’s win.
Speaking to Finnish broadcaster C More, Bottas said: “I was not involved.”
He continued by stating he was unaware of the proceedings and headed home to his family to make the most of the short holiday before the Brazil GP.
“I flew home straight after the race and didn't know or hear about the party.”
Bottas is guaranteed to finish the season in third place in the Drivers’ points standings, currently amassing 262 points, but will be aiming to outshine Ferrari ace Vettel on Sunday and in Abu Dhabi, who remains 15 points ahead.