Toto Wolff believes it is too early in the Lewis Hamilton title battle to sacrifice Valtteri Bottas.
Toto Wolff, Mercedes team principal, believes it is too early in the season to “sacrifice” Valtteri Bottas, Lewis Hamilton’s teammate.
Toto Wolff, Mercedes team principal, believes it is too early in the season to “sacrifice” Valtteri Bottas, Lewis Hamilton’s teammate, as they compete for the Drivers’ and Constructors’ crowns this season. The Austrian, on the other hand, could not rule out the prospect of it happening again in the future.
Bottas is off to a great start in the 2021 season. With two DNFs under his belt, the Finn has yet to finish higher than third in a race and is currently 72 points behind championship leader Max Verstappen.
Bottas, on the other hand, is adamant that his slow start has nothing to do with any prospective delays in his contract negotiations, and that everything at Mercedes are now running smoothly.
But it appears that Bottas’ prospects of winning the championship have slipped away from him, with the Finn now lying fifth in the standings as the title race between Hamilton and Verstappen heats up at the front.
Despite this, Mercedes CEO Toto Wolff said it was too early in the season to panic, and that when asked if a driver – presumably Bottas – could be sacrificed in the title race, he replied, “No, I think it’s much too early.”
“We’re there to compete; Mercedes is a racing team, and we’ve never sacrificed drivers so early in the season.
“We may revert to it if we feel that one is practically out of contention for a Drivers’ World Championship – but I don’t think that reflects well on Mercedes or the racing team.”
Despite an emotional radio communication last time out in France, Bottas laid to rest any notion that the relationship between team and driver was contentious heading into the weekend.
Bottas was seething over the team radio after losing second place to 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 ahead of 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.”
The Finn, on the other hand, was convinced that the reaction was normal for a racing weekend.
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