Lewis Hamilton has divided Formula One fans after taking a stunning swipe at his Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas after the Mexican Grand Prix.
The seven-time world champion was less than impressed with Bottas’ start in the race, claiming his teammate “the door open” for Max Verstappen to claim another win that moves the Red Bull ace a step closer to a maiden F1 world title
Verstappen surged past both Hamilton and pole-sitter Bottas with a magnificent start at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez before going on to score an impressive win.
Starting second, Hamilton’s reaction time might have been three thousandths of a second quicker than Verstappen’s, but Bottas allowed the Red Bull driver an opening when he left the racing line unguarded.
Verstappen hardly needed the invitation, jinking out of Bottas’ slipstream before out-braking both Mercedes drivers to seize the lead.
Bottas had more than just that to worry about after coming into contact with Daniel Ricciardo’s McLaren in an incident that ruined the chances of both drivers.
Hamilton was miffed about the events before that collision, however, after accusing pole-sitter Bottas of failing to protect his position by covering the side of the track where Verstappen made his move.
“I envisaged the start differently in the sense that Valtteri would get a better start and I would try to get into his tow,” said Hamilton.
“I was covering my side of the track and making sure that nobody could come up the inside and try to keep whichever Red Bull I could see in my mirror behind.
“I thought Valtteri would be doing the same, but obviously he left the door open for Max.
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“Max was on the racing line and did an amazing job braking into turn one. I was on the inside and there was no opening.”
Hamilton’s Mercedes boss Toto Wolff concurred with his superstar driver.
“That shouldn’t have happened,” said the Austrian. “We had two cars in front and seemed to open up the sea for Max to come around the outside. It is annoying to say the least.”
Many fans agreed with that assessment the Mercedes boss and the team’s top driver, while others labelled criticised for so publicly throwing his teammate under he bus.
Lewis Hamilton refusing to concede title
Bottas, who will be replaced by British driver George Russell next season, spun at the second corner after tangling with McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo. He finished 15th.
“It made my race a lot harder,” said Hamilton, who spent the closing stages of the race holding off Verstappen’s team-mate Sergio Perez.
“Having one Red Bull car ahead and one behind allows them to play the strategy. Sergio was super close and I couldn’t pull away from him. But when there is a will there is a way, and we managed to keep him behind.”
Despite his latest defeat, Hamilton has not given up hope of winning a record-breaking eighth title, despite slipping from 12 to 19 points behind Verstappen with 107 points in the standings.
Pictured centre, Max Verstappen celebrates on the podium after beating Lewis Hamilton in the Mexican GP.
Red Bull’s Max Verstappen (centre) celebrates on the podium after winning the Mexican Grand Prix ahead of Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton. Pic: Getty
“There are still four races to go. Nineteen points is a lot of points and Max has nine wins and that is a lot of wins,” he said.
“If they were to carry their superior speed into the next races we may be in trouble, but I hope we will be closer.
“They have the faster car, but all I can do is try and squeeze everything out of our package, make sure we don’t leave any stone unturned, maximise what we have, and give it my all.”
Super Bowl 2021: Wives and Girlfriends of Kansas City Chiefs and Tampa Bay Buccaneers Stars
Super Bowl LV is two days away. So what better way to add some extra hype than taking a look at some of the players’ wives and girlfriends.
These guys have two things in common. First, they have reached the pinnacle of their sport. Second, the players in the following list all have incredible wives and girlfriends by their side to support them.
However, shortly after the game, there will be differences in feelings. Some of the wives and girlfriends will get a trip to Disney World while their significant others are riding high. However, the losing players’ partners will have to console their broken hearts.
In the meantime though, here is a look at the players’ partnerships before the Super Bowl. This list covers only a handful of the players’ awesome wives and girlfriends.
Rob Gronkowski and Camille Kostek
Rob Gronkowski is perhaps the most notorious partier in the NFL. Consequently, he has one of the most attractive women in the world supporting him. His girlfriend, Camille Kostek, began dating the star tight end when he was still playing for the New England Patriots.
The Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model began dating Gronkowski in 2015. However, the two didn’t reveal this to the public until July of 2016. The two have been going strong for a long time. Before and during every game, she sports his number 87 jersey while posting to her social media.
In 2019, she was given the honor of being on the cover of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit magazine. Since then, her modeling career has been growing exponentially. She is arguably one of the most recognizable girlfriend’s in the NFL.
Travis Kelce and Kayla Nicole
Travis Kelce was once so desperate to get a girlfriend that he got his own reality TV show. The show was called Catching Kelce. However, Kelce did not end up finding love on the show, and it was quickly pulled from TV.
However, this didn’t stop the Chiefs’ star tight end from finding love elsewhere. In 2017 he began dating Kayla Nicole. The two have been going strong ever since.
Nicole is a media personality and social media influence. She has been working on-camera for several different television networks as her career grows. Now she is supporting Kelce and the Chiefs as they go for a second Super Bowl championship.
Beyoncé and Blue Ivy Helped Induct Jay-Z into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
Jay-Z has officially been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame—after a little help from Beyoncé and their nine-year-old daughter, Blue Ivy Carter.
The rapper’s Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, which was held last month but aired on HBO this past weekend, included a tribute video of a cast of stars reciting some of his most famous lyrics.
The video kicks off with Beyoncé. “In my lifetime, more than a million rhymes, no joking,” the iconic singer begins.
The video tribute goes on to show a surprise cast of more than 40 A-listers honoring Jay-Z, including Rihanna, Regina King, Halle Berry, Lenny Kravitz, Naomi Campbell, John Legend, Kerry Washington, Samuel L. Jackson, Jamie Foxx, and LeBron James.
To close off the sweet video message, Blue Ivy pulls a (censored) line from her dad’s 1998 track “Ride or Die.”
“Congrats, S. Carter, ghost writer. You paid the right price, so we just made your hits tighter,” the nine-year-old Grammy winner says before giggling.
Tom Brady & Gisele Bundchen’s RomanceTimeline: From Dating To Baby Bombshell,Marriage & More
Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen are coming up on 12 years of marriage. We have their relationship timeline from dating to their intimate wedding to the family they’ve built today.
Superstar NFL quarterback Tom Brady, 43, and retired supermodel Gisele Bundchen, 40, have been one of the most good looking power couples of our time. But they almost never came to be, as two months after they began dating, his ex Bridget Moynahan, 49, revealed she was pregnant with Tom’s child. The pair stuck it out and after nearly 12 years of marriage and two children of their own, remain so passionately in love. As Tom goes for his record seventh Super Bowl Ring on Feb. 7, leading his Tampa Bay Buccaneers against the Kansas City Chiefs, Gisele will be there as his biggest cheerleader. We’ve got the iconic couple’s romantic timeline.
After being set up by a pal, Gisele agreed to meet Tom for a drink. It was love at first sight for the Brazilian beauty. Even though Tom was still in a relationship with Bridget, their two year romance was winding down. “I knew right way — the first time I saw him,” she told Vanity Fair in a 2009 profile. “We met through a friend. The moment I saw him, he smiled and I was like, ‘That is the most beautiful, charismatic smile I’ve ever seen!’”
“We sat and talked for three hours. I had to go home for Christmas, but I didn’t want to leave,” she added. “You know that feeling of, like, you can’t get enough? From the first day we met, we’ve never spent one day without speaking to each other.” She later told Jimmy Fallon in a 2018 Tonight Show appearance, “You know, when I saw those kind eyes, I literally fell in love, like, right away. I was like, ‘What?’ He was just so — you know how sweet he is.” The couple began dating and went public with their relationship a month later