Bottas made a vow to himself never to relent to team orders again though.
“Straight after the race, I said I would not do it again.”
The Mercedes driver has admitted to the despondency he’s felt from finishing runner-up more often than not.
“If your team-mate wins and you are second, you feel like you lose,” the Finn said.
“I know I’ve been second in the past, but I want to prove I’m not just a No2.”
Bottas also fears there may be unintentional bias within the team.
“In the team, even though many wouldn’t admit it, maybe unconsciously they have a No1 and a No2,” he said.
“Sometimes the team members had to question themselves: ‘Are we giving equal treatment to Lewis and Valtteri?'”