Toto Wolff believes that the victory in Turkey is not Bottas' last for Mercedes and that the Finn will play a 'vital role' in the fight for both titles this year. Bottas recorded his first victory this year in Turkey.
The Finn dominated from start to finish of the race and crossed the finish line with a 14-second lead over Red Bull driver Max Verstappen. Bottas ’win is particularly significant as it prevented Verstappen from gaining an even bigger point advantage over Lewis Hamilton in the drivers’ standings.
"He had a simple start from the pole position and 'ran away' from everyone. He was the fastest on the track and the best at saving tires. He always had everything under control, he recorded the fastest lap. This was a ride for 10.
" “He can play a vital role in the constructors’ standings, but he’s also supportive of Lewis because only Valtteri’s race prevented Max from winning 8 points more, ”Wolff said.
Mercedes' great form
Bottas ’win and fastest lap allowed Mercedes to increase their lead over Red Bull in the constructors’ standings, even though Red Bull had 2 drivers on the podium in Istanbul.
Mercedes is 36 points ahead of Red Bull 6 races before the end of the season. Mercedes ‘caught form’ after the summer break when Red Bull seemed to have a faster car. Although Wolff says the team now understands their W12 car better, he says it is not possible to assess whether they now have the best car.
Wolff is obviously satisfied with the car and believes that they could have achieved an even better result than was the case in Turkey. "I believe we have a very good package now. The car is competitive and was very competitive in Turkey and if there was no penalty (for Lewis), I think we would have had a chance to finish 1st and 2nd and we would have won another 18 points."
Wolff, as before, does not want to give Mercedes an advantage with his statements, but is cautious and believes that the race is long. However, we are aware that Wolff is making some plans, and that he wants to reduce the pressure on his team "I am cautiously optimistic.
Austin is a track that suits us and it’s another opportunity. But I am not under any illusions because the driver's title will be decided at the very end (of the season), "added the head of Mercedes.