Lewis Hamilton: Valtteri Bottas ‘concerned’ with Mercedes tactics as he voices frustration


Hamilton won the race after overtaking his team-mate on the opening corner and holding onto his position throughout the 56 laps.

Late in the race, Mercedes made a bold decision to pit both of their drivers at the same time so they could secure the one-two.

However, the decision meant Bottas lost time and was unable to stay out on track to try and close the deficit to Hamilton.

Ultimately, it rendered his race over as he was stuck behind the five-time world champion.

And the Finn was disappointed with the decision – which he tried to get reversed.

“I was very concerned,” said Bottas.

“You know you’re going to lose time being the car behind, but it was due to the start that I was in that position.

“I was questioning the team – if I could stop later, or carry on without stopping – but there was too big a risk in terms of tyre life, if we can make it or not.”

The double pit stop was executed magnificently and killed any hopes of a Ferrari attack.

And Bottas understood why Toto Wolff made the call to bring both drivers in.

“I was questioning because if I could do something different, other than stopping behind Lewis, that was going to be my only chance to win the race,” he added.

“I knew if we were coming in, that’s going to be pretty much it unless something crazy happens.

“But I’m glad the stop went well. I lost some time, but minimal, so the team did a good job on that.

“And now, seeing all the data just briefly, from the team’s point of view I think it was definitely the right thing to do, to make sure we were going to be one-two.

“For me, I maybe wanted to take the risk but now, looking at it, I don’t think the tyre wear would have been enough.”


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