Toto Wolff insists that the Valtteri Bottas incident has no bearing on Mercedes’ future plans.
Toto Wolff, Mercedes’ CEO, believes Valtteri Bottas’ mistake at the Hungarian Grand Prix will have no impact on his future with the company.
Toto Wolff, Mercedes’ CEO, believes Valtteri Bottas’ mistake at the Hungarian Grand Prix, which resulted in a massive pile-up on the opening lap, will have no bearing on whether he stays with the team next season.
Bottas, who started second on the grid, was out of shape on the first lap, completely missing his braking spot and colliding with McLaren’s Lando Norris. Sergio Perez and Max Verstappen in the Red Bull had troubles as a result of the incident, and the red flag was displayed early on.
Verstappen was able to continue despite his car hobbling, but it was game over for Bottas, Perez, and Norris, who were all eliminated from the race.
Following the summer break, the Finn was given a five-place grid penalty for instigating an accident in the Belgian Grand Prix.
Bottas is fighting tooth and nail to keep his spot at Mercedes after rumors that he could be replaced by Williams driver George Russell. When asked if this would influence the team’s decision next season, Wolff was categorical that it would not.
“It has no bearing on the decision.”
“The blunder was unforgivable and had far-reaching ramifications. He was wedged between the two cars in front of him, losing downforce, and it was too late.”
Conditions swiftly altered in Hungary after the race was red-flagged, with the original race start taking place in humid conditions after rain in Budapest. For the restart, each driver was on the wrong set of tyres, with all teams, except Hamilton, plunging into the pits to start the race on a pair of slicks from the pit lane.
Mercedes, on the other hand, took a risk by putting the seven-time world champion on the same intermediate tyres throughout the race, ceding the lead, and cutting a lonely figure as the only car to take the lights at the restart.
After being forced to switch from his own intermediate tyres a lap later, the 36-year-old rejoined the race from the rear of the field, finally finishing third in a miraculous comeback, before being elevated to second owing to Sebastian Vettel’s disqualification.
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