Toto Wolff explains Valtteri Bottas’ Bahrain GP strategy

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After the Bahrain Grand Prix Valtteri Bottas has questioned the strategy Mercedes put him on, calling it “defensive” and “passive”.

Although Bottas finished the race in third place, he didn’t have a great time on the track, especially considering Mercedes botched one of his pit stops, which cost him valuable time.

After the race the Finn questioned Mercedes’ decisions.

“From my side, at least for me and strategy-wise we went defensive side instead of attacking, which I’m quite surprised by and it’s not quite normal,” said Bottas.

While Mercedes’ team boss Toto Wolff understands Bottas’ frustration, he explains there was no other choice.


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“I think there wasn’t any strategy on the table,” the Austrian said.

“Because we tried to undercut also with Valtteri that I think would change the race for him or make his race not…

“The outcome we wouldn’t wish for was that he lost a position at the start of the race, and he kind of couldn’t recover the gap to the two guys in front.

“The pitstop was there to undercut Max, and I think we would probably have been successful, but we had a problem with the right front wheel gun.

“And then I don’t know what other strategy we could have run. The one stop was clearly not possible. The Medium wouldn’t have made it to the end, the Hard in the middle stage was running out of performance. There was no other option available.

“I totally understand the frustration in the car when you have limited information and say ‘I think we could have done something else’,” concluded Wolff.

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