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Jacques Villeneuve has slated Valtteri Bottas' Brazil performance

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Valtteri Bottas may have finished second on the podium at the Brazilian Grand Prix on Sunday, but 1997 Formula One champion Jacques Villeneuve was less than impressed with the Finn's conduct.

In what was the penultimate race of the 2017 season, staged at Interlagos, Bottas started from the front for just the third time, but was soon overtaken by Sebastian Vettel, who stormed to victory.

He finished the race 2.7 seconds adrift of winner Vettel, and 2.7 seconds ahead of Mercedes team-mate, and 2017 Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton.

Following the conclusion of proceedings in Sao Paulo, Bottas has come under heavy criticism from a former champion of the sport.  

Villeneuve has slammed Bottas' performance and the former Canadian driver believes the Mercedes ace is only suited to a number two, back-up driver position.  

"It was a great drive from Vettel, he won it at the start," Villeneuve told Autosport. "He was aggressive.

"When you see what the Mercedes was capable of, you just have to look at Lewis and Bottas wasn't up to pace. It's embarrassing for Bottas.

"Lewis (Hamilton) finished around three seconds behind him when he started from the pits.


"It's embarrassing. He simply is not on the pace of Hamilton. It's been like that all year. That's his level. Which is a good number two."

Meanwhile, Bottas admitted he lost the race following a poor start, and he feels he must improve ahead of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in a fortnight.

"Pace-wise, it was very, very close," said Bottas, who trails Vettel by 22 points with 25 remaining in the battle for second in the drivers' standings.

"We were trying to put a lot of pressure on Seb and trying to keep up, get close, especially around the pitstop.


"Once I was getting a little bit closer we decided to stop, trying to undercut but it was not quite enough.

"I got pretty close after he came out from the pits but just not quite enough to try to overtake.

"So, yeah, definitely disappointed after a good day on Saturday, and obviously not so good for me on the battle we have for the second place of the championship.

"He's got quite a good lead now so we need some miracles in Abu Dhabi."

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