Valtteri Bottas has joked the black cat he has been feeding recently is not getting any more food after another case of bad luck in Bahrain.
The Finn suffered not one, but two punctures at different stages during the Bahrain Grand Prix and was only able to finish P8 as a result.
The punctures provided the latest bullet point on what Bottas feels is a “long list” of bad luck cases in 2020, which also includes more tyre woes at Silverstone, numerous reliability issues and a first-lap collision at the Turkish Grand Prix which severely hampered his race.
“I can promise you there is no food anymore for that black cat!” Bottas joked about his bad luck, as quoted by Motorsport.com.
“If I would make a list of all the unlucky events that are happening in the races during this year it is quite a long list.
“I mean, should I cry or should I laugh? I’d rather laugh. Some of those things there is nothing you can do obviously and I am not a superstitious guy, so the thing with the cat was a joke.
“It just sometimes happens. Of course you people can have a run of bad luck and it can be many years or a short moment.
“I hope things equal at some point. That would be nice.”
— Valtteri Bottas (@ValtteriBottas) November 30, 2020
Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has expressed his sympathy for Bottas and believes all the bad luck incidents will help make the Finn stronger.
“[There have been] multiple punctures that shouldn’t have happened, red flags when he was easily in the lead,” Wolff said.
“If I wouldn’t know that he has an absolutely strong mental constitution, a driver could start to question why that was happening to only one guy.
“But not Valtteri. He’s so strong, he’s so robust and resilient, and it’s only going to make him stronger.
“I feel sorry for him, picking up all those problems in a single season, when he could have won three or four or five races more, and been a solid second at least. It’s difficult.”
With team-mate Lewis Hamilton out for at least one race weekend due to a positive Covid-19 test, Bottas has an opportunity to at least narrow the sizeable gap between himself and his team-mate. 131 points currently separate the duo.
Hoping to take the fight to Bottas and show he is worthy of a full-time Mercedes opportunity in the not-too-distant future is George Russell, who has been allowed to replace Hamilton with the blessing of current team Williams.