Bottas completed a distant third behind winner Hamilton and Crimson Bull’s Max Verstappen, opting to take a 3rd pitstop close to the top of the race to say the purpose for the quickest lap.
However any probability for Bottas to win the opening spherical of the 2021 F1 season was misplaced after he was handed for third by the Ferrari of Charles Leclerc in the beginning.
By the point Bottas had reclaimed the place, his hole to the leaders made Mercedes determine that following Hamilton’s technique of attempting to undercut Verstappen was the best choice. A sluggish second pitstop on account of wheel gun points additional compromised that effort and all however assured third place for Bottas.
Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes, is interviewed
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After the race, Bottas stated he was disillusioned and shocked that his staff put him on a “defensive” technique.
“Disappointing for positive,” he stated. “Good for the staff as we received good factors, however from my aspect strategy-wise we went on the defensive aspect as an alternative of attacking, which I am fairly shocked by and it is not fairly regular.
“Then I had a sluggish pitstop and that took away any alternatives.
“For positive we managed to have the 2 automobiles [up front] and that approach we may play with the technique however I nonetheless assume from my aspect there was extra to get at the moment.”
When requested by Autosport if there was an alternate technique Mercedes may have chosen, Wolff defined there was no different choice on the desk, declaring that Bottas compromised his personal possibilities by being handed by Leclerc in the beginning.
“I feel there wasn’t any technique on the desk,” Wolff stated when requested about Bottas’ feedback. “As a result of we tried to undercut additionally with Valtteri that I feel would change race for him.
“The result we didn’t want for was that he misplaced a place in the beginning of the race and he form of could not get well the hole to the 2 guys in entrance. The pitstop was there to undercut Max and I feel we might in all probability have been profitable, however we had an issue with the proper entrance wheel gun.”
Wolff understood his driver’s frustration as Bottas did not have all the data out there to him within the cockpit.
He stated: “I completely perceive the frustration within the automobile when you will have restricted info and say: ‘I feel we may have carried out one thing else.’
“I do not know what different technique we may have run. The one cease was clearly not potential, the medium would not have made it to the top, the exhausting within the center stage was operating out of efficiency.
“There was no different choice out there.”