In the French GP, Valtteri Bottas rages at Mercedes, asking, “Why the f*** does no one listen to me?”
During the French Grand Prix, Valtteri Bottas expressed his displeasure on the Mercedes team radio.
After losing second place to Max Verstappen in the closing few laps at Paul Ricard, Valtteri Bottas was left angry over Mercedes’ team radio during the French Grand Prix. Verstappen was given a two-stop strategy by Red Bull over their primary title contenders, which paid off when the Dutchman defeated Lewis Hamilton in France.
“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.”
At the moment, his teammate Hamilton was leading the race, with the Finn in second place and suffering on the hard tyre for the final few circuits.
Verstappen and Red Bull had revised up their strategy and pitted onto the medium compound of tyres in the closing stages of the race to take the battle to Mercedes while also avoiding their opponents’ undercuts.
And it worked, as the championship leader blasted past the Finn on fresher tyres, before Perez, despite being on the older hard tyre, accomplished the same thing a few circuits later.
Bottas stated, “My tyres are f***ing finished.” Musconi responded with, “Copy, we understand.”
Bottas, who qualified third, stated before the race, “It’s been a strong weekend and for definitely a lot better than a few of weeks ago.”
“At the very least, the pace has been maintained. As we saw today, it’s going to be a close race with Red Bull.
“Of course, being third isn’t ideal, but I believe Red Bull was faster today. I had a bit of a spin at Turn Two on the opening lap of Q3.
“And there was the end of it. I’m looking forward to the second lap to see where we are lacking in speed.”
However, Bottas’ and Mercedes’ good weekend up until the race did not turn out to be as strong as they had hoped following Sunday.
After a dramatic race between Mercedes and Red Bull, Red Bull and Verstappen pitted for the second time onto the medium tyre, blasting past Hamilton on the penultimate lap and expanding his advantage at the top of the standings by 12 points.
A jubilant team leader. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”