Valtteri Bottas' team radio was vivid after losing the podium in the final stage of the race: “Why the **** does no one listen to me when I say that it's going to be a two-stopper? He expressed his frustration because he thought that with an alternative strategy, such as the one Max Verstappen was on, he could be in competition to win the French Grand Prix.
Thus, with the tactic of one-stop in boxing, he finished fourth because after Max overtook, he lost his position to Sergio Perez. He used up his hard tires too much and lacked grip in the final stage of the race. How hard it all fell for him is supported by his silence during the team radio after the race.
I think the winning tactic was two stops. It's easy to say now, but it is what it is… I didn't have traction on the front tires for the last 10 to 15 laps, so I just wanted to finish the race. ” "The last stint was not fun at all.
I felt like I was standing in place, very simple. I tried to finish everything on the podium, but the tires totally went away and I didn't have a chance. " "If I had gone for two stops, I would certainly have been on the podium and I would have had a chance to win.
That's for sure, "Valtteri said.
Bottas on the situation
Although he is unhappy about the outcome of the race, at least he must be comforted that he finally won points after the Spanish Grand Prix. He added that the team would analyze the whole situation.
“I think as a team we were too focused on realizing one-stop tactics thinking it was the best, but it wasn’t. Definitely something new learned this weekend." "We thought that the tires would last longer at lower temperatures, but they didn't, so I don't know, our predictions about the life of the tires didn't match the real situation on the track, ”concluded Bottas.
Bottas looked quite disappointed after all because he is aware that with winning he could get extra motivation and thus help his team to reach a certain goal. Mercedes has been making more and more mistakes lately, and there seems to be a conflict within the team.
And Hamilton was not what we expected, but we have no doubt that he will show his real face in the continuation of the season.