Hamilton and Wolff have complaints from Bottas

Yesterday’s victory of Max Verstappen may play a decisive role in this year’s championship and Lewis Hamilton and Toto Wolff, after the end of the match, expressed their dissatisfaction with the moves of Valteri Bottas, believing that the Finn could “close” Verstappen and he should not turn first.

Bottas started the race from 1st place, Hamilton from second and Verstappen from third, with Hamilton stating:

I had imagined it differently. I expected Valtteri to have a better start and that I could try to take advantage of his slipstream. But I was next to him, which was good, and I covered the side of the track as best I could, trying to make sure no one could overtake me from the inside.

So I tried to hold back the Red Bull I was looking at in my mirrors and I thought Valtteri would do the same. But he obviously left the door open for Max and Max was on the battlefield. So he did an excellent job braking in the first turn. Because I was on the dirty side of the track there was no hope for me.

Wolff said he could take Bottas’ position due to the lack of visibility from the mirrors, but thought the two Mercedes cars could have repelled Verstappen’s threat.

In these cars it is very difficult to judge from the mirrors what is really happening behind you. But I think if Valteri was further left, Max would not have passed, he would have been blocked.

That should not have happened. We had two cars in the first places and it looked like we were opening the door for Max to go through the outside.


Red Bull’s pace was at another level. I do not think we could have won the race, even if we were in front of the first turn, as they would pass us at the pit stops.

It should be noted that this was one of Bottas’ last races with Mercedes, as after the end of the season the Finn will become the driver of Alfa Romeo. Bottas said of the launch:

The start was ok, not too bad, but Verstappen took advantage of the slipstream and braked very slowly.

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