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Valtteri Bottas explains his incredible "F*** you" outburst at Australian Grand Prix 2019

Mirror logo Mirror 17/03/2019 Darren Wells
TOPSHOT - Mercedes' Finnish driver Valtteri Bottas celebrates on the podium after winning the Formula One Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on March 17, 2019. (Photo by PETER PARKS / AFP) / -- IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE --PETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images © AFP/Getty Images TOPSHOT - Mercedes' Finnish driver Valtteri Bottas celebrates on the podium after winning the Formula One Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on March 17, 2019. (Photo by PETER PARKS / AFP) / -- IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE --PETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images

Valtteri Bottas has explained the reason behind his sensational outburst following his Australian Grand Prix win on Sunday.

The Mercedes driver finished ahead of teammate Lewis Hamilton to earn victory in the opening race of the 2019 season.

And after crossing the line to secure the win , Bottas then released his feelings with an expletive remark whilst on his cool down lap.

Bottas said: "To whom it may concern, f*** you."

After suffering criticism during the 2018 campaign, Bottas' reaction could have been seen as a response to those who doubted his talents.

However GiveMeSport report the Finn was quick to deny that was the case.

Mercedes' Finnish driver Valtteri Bottas attends a press conference after the Formula One Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on March 17, 2019. (Photo by Asanka Brendon RATNAYAKE / AFP) / -- IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE --        (Photo credit should read ASANKA BRENDON RATNAYAKE/AFP/Getty Images) © Getty Images Mercedes' Finnish driver Valtteri Bottas attends a press conference after the Formula One Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on March 17, 2019. (Photo by Asanka Brendon RATNAYAKE / AFP) / -- IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE -- (Photo credit should read ASANKA BRENDON RATNAYAKE/AFP/Getty Images)

Speaking about it post-race, Bottas said: "It just came, I just wanted to send my best regards. That's it. Honestly, I didn't think about it or plan it, it just came.

"Obviously there are many people who support you, and honestly I appreciate that a lot.

"And then through the difficult times there's the other part, which is a lot more negative. That's their weakness, so it's fine."

Bottas took the lead in the seasons curtain raiser straight from the off, as he overtook Lewis Hamilton who started in pole position.

17th March 2019, Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit, Melbourne, Australia; Melbourne Formula One Grand Prix, race day; Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport, Valtteri Bottas wins first race of the year (Photo by Octane/Action Plus via Getty Images) © Getty Images 17th March 2019, Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit, Melbourne, Australia; Melbourne Formula One Grand Prix, race day; Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport, Valtteri Bottas wins first race of the year (Photo by Octane/Action Plus via Getty Images)

The 28-year-old also gained the new bonus point for setting the fastest lap during the race.

When asked on his thoughts on the criticism he received last year, Bottas said: "I can't say [it was] unfair, because everyone can say what they really want.

"Just for whom it may concern, maybe they should look in the mirror sometimes and think actually why they do that. For me it's OK now."

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