Mercedes on Valtteri Bottas blow and ‘bittersweet’ British Grand Prix

Wolff admits Merc ‘did not intrude’ with Hamilton and Bottas regardless of tyre considerations; Hamilton now 30 issues transparent in standings

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There used to be an out of this world finish to the British Grand Prix as Valtteri Bottas’ puncture allowed Max Verstappen to take 2nd place at Silverstone.

There used to be an out of this world finish to the British Grand Prix as Valtteri Bottas’ puncture allowed Max Verstappen to take 2nd place at Silverstone.

Mercedes have been ruing a “bittersweet” day on the British GP as whilst Lewis Hamilton hung for victory after his overdue puncture, Valtteri Bottas dropped out of the issues fully and misplaced a very powerful championship flooring.

Bottas were difficult Hamilton for the win at Silverstone however suffered a tyre puncture when operating 2nd on Lap 50 of 52, and used to be compelled right into a pit-stop which left him 11th with little time last.

In every other blow to Bottas, Hamilton nonetheless controlled to say victory regardless of the an identical shredding of his front-left tyre at the remaining lap, simply edging out Max Verstappen.

That suggests the Finn is now 30 issues in the back of Hamilton within the name standings.

“It is after all very disappointing and unfortunate,” mentioned Bottas.

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Valtteri Bottas on the place all of it went mistaken for the Mercedes driving force with 3 laps to move.

Valtteri Bottas on the place all of it went mistaken for the Mercedes driving force with 3 laps to move.

And regardless of every other Silverstone victory – Mercedes’ 7th in 8 years – workforce boss Toto Wolff could not lend a hand however really feel for Bottas.

“When Valtteri’s puncture took place I had a large number of sadness for him,” Wolff advised Sky F1. “I may just really feel every other day that used to be cast for him – 18 issues – and the race used to be misplaced.

“I checked out the place he used to be heading in the right direction [when he had the puncture] and he used to be at totally the mistaken finish of the monitor. In order that used to be the primary little shocker.”

He added: “It stays bittersweet.

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It used to be a dramatic ultimate lap for Lewis Hamilton as he limped house to victory with a puncture on the British Grand Prix.

It used to be a dramatic ultimate lap for Lewis Hamilton as he limped house to victory with a puncture on the British Grand Prix.

“It used to be highest stipulations for us, the very best monitor, and it fits the auto. We will have larger our hole within the constructors’ through extra. And clearly for Valtteri it is a giant sadness.

“For seven years we are all the time torn, one [driver] is worked up the opposite one isn’t glad.”

Had been Bottas and Hamilton pushing every different too arduous?

Whilst Hamilton seemed to stay Bottas at a protected distance in the back of during – simply out of DRS vary – Wolff admitted Mercedes have been involved through how arduous the drivers, who had a wholesome merit to the following automotive, have been pushing every different.

“He used to be pressurising him,” mentioned Wolff of Bottas. “However at a undeniable level we have been having a look on the tyre information and idea this isn’t nice, they are pushing every different an excessive amount of.”

However Mercedes nonetheless let the name opponents race.

“We did not intrude,” mentioned Wolff. “We simply warned them that they may well be operating out of tyre on the finish.”

And run out of tyre they did.

“We knew it used to be going to be an extended stint with the arduous tyre so after all I used to be looking to put the drive on Lewis however on the finish I used to be getting increasingly more vibrations,” added Bottas.

“I reported that after which after all I believed there could be a topic so I began to control a little bit nevertheless it simply took place like that. [It was] so surprising and we could not have predicted it taking place.”

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