‘I made my stance clear,’ Valtteri Bottas says of the explosive French GP radio communication.
After complaining that “nobody listens” to him during the French Grand Prix, Valtteri Bottas says he “made his point clear” to Mercedes.
As F1 goes to Austria for round eight this weekend, Valtteri Bottas claims he “made his opinion plain” to Mercedes after alleging “nobody listens” to him following a profane team radio communication during the French Grand Prix.
Bottas was seething over the team radio after losing second position to Max Verstappen in the final laps of the Paul Ricard Grand Prix, as Red Bull opted for a two-stop strategy that paid off with the Dutchman winning the race over Lewis Hamilton.
“Why the f*** does nobody listen to me when I say it’s going to be a two-stopper?” Bottas was heard ranting to his race engineer, Riccardo Musconi, after the move. “Hell is a place.”
Bottas was fourth on the podium, but he clawed his way back up to fifth in the Mercedes driver standings.
Bottas, speaking before of the first of two races in Austria, was certain that his message had reached the team.
“I think I made the message quite clear throughout the race, but by then it was obviously too late,” Bottas explained.
“I think I should’ve pushed harder sooner, but there’s a limit to how much information and how many times you can say anything on the radio before other teams figure out what the message is and what you’re trying to communicate in terms of strategy.
“As a result, you must consider that aspect as well.
“Otherwise, I do push the team in the team. I strive to be as direct as possible with my criticism, therefore the way we’re working presently is perfect.
“No one knows how I work with the crew behind the doors if I’m too nice.”
When asked about Bottas’ radio comment after the race, Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff shouted that he “liked it” and was glad “that he speaks his views today and doesn’t internalize.”
When asked if this was a new approach during the news conference on Thursday, Bottas said: “I always try everything I can, and when you approach a new year, of course, you want to discover more from yourself, and I always want to maximize my result, my team’s result.
“No one is aware of the productive discussions we held.” Brinkwire Summary News.