The odyssey for the car was finally over. Valtteri Bottas. After 96 days, the Mercedes number 77 said goodbye to the right front wheel that left the Finnish driver without a chance. After Monaco Grand Prix of this Sunday, the engineers of the German brand had confirmed that they could not remove the wheel nut, but finally this happened on Thursday.
Through social media, the team shared the video in which Mercedes engineers and mechanics can be seen removing the right front wheel. This was almost celebrated by the members of the structure and the fans, who filled social networks with memes and funny responses to the video shared by the team.
“What happened is that the gun was slightly at an angle to the nut, and as a result of that, instead of distributing the load through the entire nut, it was doing it in a small section. This tore the metal, removing all the metal from the part. As a result, we were unable to remove the wheel, ”confirmed the engineer. James alisson.
During the Monaco Grand Prix, the Mercedes team spent more than 30 seconds at the Bottas pit stop. The Finn got off the car, abandoning the race and losing any chance of reaching the podium. Quickly the Finn flipped a glove, and got into the box, leaving behind all the mechanics and not greeting anyone.
The Mercedes team race was not the best. Not only did Bottas’ abandonment frustrate the entire structure. Lewis hamilton could not leave the team at the top of the race. The seven-time champion finished in seventh place and lost first place in the drivers table, while Mercedes fell to second place in the constructors table.
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