Bottas took a brand new energy unit for Sunday’s race, and moved back to 16th on the grid, forward solely of different drivers who had taken penalties – together with Max Verstappen in 20th.
Whereas the change was essential after the Finn suffered a problem together with his latest engine on Friday, it additionally opened up a tactical alternative for him to cowl and doable compromise Verstappen’s anticipated progress by means of the sphere.
Nonetheless Bottas was overtaken by Verstappen after simply six laps. Whereas the Dutchman continued to realize positions, Bottas discovered himself caught, and unable to repeat the cost to 3rd place that he made in Monza.
Earlier than the rain hit within the closing levels of the race Verstappen was working seventh, whereas Bottas was languishing in 14th. Nonetheless an early change to intermediates saw him jump up to fifth at the flag.
“It was lot harder for me than I believed it could be, simply to come back by means of the sphere. I believed it was going to be like in Monza, nevertheless it was much more tough,” he mentioned.
“Like Max for instance, he was in a position to progress significantly better than me. I do not know. Primarily what I struggled with was large understeer, and this was once I obtained shut and I could not get to overtaking distance.”
Requested if he may have achieved extra to carry again Verstappen he mentioned: “He was simply in a position to actually come by means of the sphere.
“I want to take a look if there was extra I may have achieved however I believe he handed me fairly simply. I believe he then overtook the automobiles forward of me, and I had no probability.”
Mercedes trackside engineer director Andrew Shovlin defined that the understeer was inspired by decrease temperatures on race day, and that compromised Bottas’s possibilities of staying near rivals forward.
“Principally that the cooler circumstances the entrance tyres have been having a tricky time,” he defined. “We have been understeering a bit. Whereas on Friday, the rears have been actually the axle that was struggling probably the most, right here it was the entrance.
“And when you may’t observe in these final 4 corners, then you may’t get shut sufficient to overhaul, nevertheless it was actually right down to automobile steadiness. I believe the cooler circumstances are literally making it harder, moderately than simpler.”
Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes W12
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Mercedes crew principal Toto Wolff, who was heard giving Bottas a rush up on the radio, admitted that the crew may have achieved extra,
“I believe we have to present Valtteri with a automobile and energy unit that may make him overtake,” he mentioned. “You have seen that he is not missing the flexibility as a result of Monza was spectacular.
“It is simply right here for no matter motive, you could have seen with Lewis firstly that our automobile was combating understeer, when you battle with understeer, you are not getting shut sufficient.
“And Lewis could not overtake the blokes in entrance of him and the identical occurred to Valtteri. So I believe we simply must know actually perceive why the automobile lacked competitiveness in visitors, and felt good in free air.”