Williams team mates at odds over last-lap pass


Williams team mates Valtteri Bottas and Pastor Maldonado has differing views over their last-lap change of positions at the chicane.

Maldonado dived down the inside of Bottas at the chicane on the last lap, forcing his team mate off the circuit as he claimed 16th place.

A disgruntled Bottas told the BBC: “If I would have not go straight from the chicane we would have crashed, so I think the racing shouldn’t be like that.”

“The move he made for me there was no, for me, any space to keep on the track so I don’t think it’s really fair,” he added.

Bottas was struggling with tyre degradation at the time having run a long stint at the end of the race. His lap times had risen by three seconds and he’d already been passed by both Toro Rosso drivers and Sergio Perez.

Maldonado defended the move on his team mate, describing it as “close but quite clean”.

“It was pleasing to be able to make a move on the last lap to gain a position over my team mate,” he added.

Williams deputy team principal Claire Williams said: “We allow our drivers to race and that’s what they were doing on that last lap.”

Recapping the 2018 Dakar Rally with “best of” video highlights

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EDITOR’S NOTE: NBCSN will air additional Dakar Rally highlights on Monday at 7 p.m. ET.

As it has done so for four decades, the 40th annual Dakar Rally – the most grueling test of man and machine anywhere – produced a number of surprise finishes and also several disappointments for drivers or riders who were expected to do well in the nearly 5,600-mile trek that began in Peru and continued through Bolivia and ending in Argentina.

NBCSN has aired highlights from all 14 stages (actually 13, because one stage was completely rained out) during the Rally’s two-week run, which concluded Saturday.

Here’s some of the “best of” highlights from the overall Rally highlights, followed by a quick guide that gives you wrapups to all 14 stages.

So, without further adieu, here’s NBCSN’s “best of” the 2018 Dakar Rally:

2018 Dakar Rally: Best of cars

2018 Dakar Rally: Best of bikes

2018 Dakar Rally: Best of trucks

2018 Dakar Rally: Best of quads

Lastly, here’s a day-by-day wrapup of how the Rally played out.

MORE: Dakar Rally daily stages schedule, NBCSN broadcast schedule, list of all competitors.

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