Valtteri Bottas says the offhand radio remark he yapped over the Mercedes team radio after crossing the finish line in Melbourne was not planned.
The Finn had a very precise choice of words when he responded to the congratulatory message from his race engineer, Riccardo Musconi, who suggested his dominant victory on Sunday was payback for his winless 2018 season.
"To whom it may concern: Fuck you!" said the calm and composed Bottas.
The message, while spontaneous, was clearly destined to those who doubted his ability to get the job done.
"I just wanted to send my best regards," explained Bottas. "That’s it, honestly, I didn’t think about it or have it planned. It just came.
"Obviously there’s many people that support you. Honestly I appreciate it a lot with the people around me, supporting me.
"In sport there’s always ups and downs so you can really see the true support quite easily.
"And then through the difficult times there’s the other part which is a lot more negative and that’s their weakness, so it’s fine.
"I just thought to whom it may concern maybe they should look in the mirror sometimes and think actually why they do that."
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Bottas spent the winter break resetting himself and rebuilding his energy - mental and physical - for a 2019 season which could make or break the 29-year-old Mercedes driver.
The outcome of Sunday's race will have hopefully put Bottas make on track.
"It’s really special obviously. It’s only my fourth win anyway in Formula 1 and after a win-less 2018 even better. So I’m very, very pleased," he said.
"But it doensn’t happen [just] like that. There’s obviously a lot of work to be able to win and be able to be in that kind of pace.
"Obviously for winning you need a good car and as a team we’ve been able to do it even after quite difficult winter testing. Here we’re quicker than expected, it made it possible.
"From my side I have to say it was the best race I have done so far in my career."