Avoided the combat between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen for the victory in Bahrain, Valtteri Bottas completed the occasion in an nameless third place. The Finn consoled himself regardless of every thing with the purpose of the perfect lap.
The Finnish driver’s possibilities of victory had been decreased to nil as quickly because the lights went out, his poor impetus having been punished by the overtaking of Charles Leclerc. As soon as the Ferrari driver handed behind the Silver Arrow, the hole between Bottas and chief Verstappen was already vital. Thus, Mercedes has wager on the same technique for its two drivers: to make the undercut to the Dutchman. A choice little appreciated by the holder of the quantity 77.
“It is disappointing, for positive”, he sighs. “It is a good race for the group as a result of we obtained some large factors however on my facet, by way of technique, we made the selection of protection as an alternative of assault, which stunned me . That is actually not regular. JI might have hoped for higher. “
Requested by Motorsport.com Concerning different attainable methods for Mercedes within the Grand Prix, director Toto Wolff reveals that there have been none, mentioning that Bottas compromised his personal possibilities by being overtaken by Leclerc firstly.
“There have been no different attainable methods”Wolff replies after Bottas’ feedback. “We additionally tried the undercut with Valtteri, I feel that might have modified the end result of his race. What we did not need to see was the lack of a place firstly. [Bottas] couldn’t shut the hole with the 2 main drivers. His pit cease was scheduled to do the undercut on Max and we in all probability would have accomplished it with out a downside on the appropriate entrance wheel gun. “
The Austrian additionally clarified that he shared his pilot’s frustration, this being defined by restricted communication between the Mercedes cockpit and the pit wall, and due to this fact by a lack of expertise.
“I absolutely perceive the frustration that arises within the automotive when data is restricted and one wonders whether it is attainable to do in any other case”Wolff admits. “I do not know what different technique we might have put in place. Making a single cease was clearly not attainable, the medium tires wouldn’t have gone the space and the onerous tires lacked efficiency in the midst of the race. There was no different possibility out there. “
Interview by Stuart Codling