Valtteri Bottas regretted the strategy adopted by Mercedes after not having the slightest chance of winning the Formula 1 Bahrain Grand Prix. Toto Wolff tried to respond to the Finn, saying that nothing else was possible after his botched start off the line.
“It’s disappointing, that’s for sure. It’s a good race for the team because we got some big points, but from my side, in terms of strategy, we chose to defend instead of attack, which surprised me. This is not normal. I could have hoped for better,” commented Valtteri Bottas after the Bahrain Grand Prix.
The Finn complained about the strategy adopted by Mercedes, which gave him no chance of victory in favour of Lewis Hamilton. The 31-year-old driver had to be content with third place, a long way from the top two. If Bottas’ disappointment was anything to go by, Wolff certainly tried to answer it by clearly pointing the finger back at his driver.
Reported by Motorsport.com, the Mercedes boss admitted that the German team had no other option in Bahrain, especially after seeing Charles Leclerc pass the Finn at the start:
“There was no other strategy possible. We also tried the undercut with Valtteri, I think that could have changed the outcome of his race.
“What we didn’t want to see was the loss of a starting position. Bottas couldn’t close the gap to the two leading drivers.
“His pit stop was timed to undercut Max and we probably would have made it if not for a problem with the right front wheel gun. ”
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