It is very rare to see the team Mercedes have a performance like this Sunday. George Russell Y Valtteri Bottas they had everything to win a fundamental victory for each one. George Russell was playing the future replacement suit for Bottas (O de Lewis Hamilton), while the Finn aimed to silence the criticism of recent days.
The beginning of the race seemed not to be the best for Valtteri Bottas. The number 77 had trouble starting and was overtaken by his teammate, who quickly escaped in the qualifier. However, neither of the two drivers of the German team were left with the victory, but not due to their own mistakes.
The pit stop while the safety car was in was a real disaster. The team had an error in their radios, according to reported Toto wolff and some mechanics were not aware that both were going to change their wheels. When Russell made the switch, they put Bottas wheels on him, so he had to go back in.
In addition, the stop of the Finnish pilot was very bad, since it took more than twenty seconds. However, minutes later, George Russell suffered a puncture as he quickly approached Sergio Perez and marked one fastest lap after another. On the radio, the Briton expressed all his pain at the loss of his first victory in Formula 1.
Lastly, Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff was a bit harsh on Bottas’ performance in this race. The Austrian assured that he does not understand why Valtteri Bottas had a poor performance this weekend. “Valtteri had a bad race and we will have to find out what happened,” Wolff said, firing at his pilot.