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As a result of Lewis Hamilton failing to capture the 2021 title in Abu Dhabi, Valtteri Bottas also lost a fair amount of money.

Incentive bonuses are a common part of the sport, including Formula 1, and more on mercedes The Finn would have received a bonus if Hamilton were crowned 2021 world champion.

Until the last lap, it looked like Bottas was making money, but a late Safety Car period changed all that, with max verstappen snatching the victory and the title from Hamilton in that last round of the Yas Marina circuit.

With that, Bottas’ share of the team bonus was dashed along with Hamilton’s hopes of that record eighth World Championship.

At the suggestion during a Slender podcast that Abu Dhabi had cost Bottas financially, he replied: “Yes, you are right.

“Certain bonuses are tied to certain achievements.

“Luckily, I hadn’t received anything in advance.”

Fortunately, though, Bottas won’t feel the sting of that loss of income.

Having made his first Formula 1 breakthrough with Williams in 2013, Bottas joined Mercedes ahead of the 2017 campaign, so having spent five seasons with the team that has won eight constructors’ titles in a row, Bottas is certainly not has been found near the lower end. of the salary scale of the series.

So the time when Bottas was still focused on his bank balance has passed and gone, instead he is grateful for what he has and looks back on his journey to this point.

“I don’t really measure it like that, but at some point there came a time when there was no need to look at the bank balance anymore,” he said.

“Money is of course a big thing in Formula 1, but I remember where I came from and have done quite well for it.

2021 was Bottas’ last season at Mercedes, and the Finn is now preparing to start the next stage of his career at Alfa Romeo alongside Guanyu Zhou.

Hamilton’s new Mercedes team-mate will be George Russell, who joins the team after three seasons with Williams as a Mercedes junior.

That is as long as Hamilton returns. He has not spoken publicly since the controversial conclusion of his title bid in Abu Dhabi, and his “we’ll see next year” comment immediately after the race continues to cast doubt on his future.

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