Toto Wolff says Valtteri Bottas “could have defended a little better”

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Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff says both Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas could have played the start of the Mexican Grand Prix differently.

At the start of the Mexican Grand Prix Max Verstappen managed to pick up a tow from Valtteri Bottas and move past both him and Lewis Hamilton, to take the lead of the race.

Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff says Bottas should have done more to keep the Dutch driver behind.

“Perhaps he could have defended a little better on the left,” the Austrian told Sky Sports F1.

“But these cars are incredibly difficult to see where the other one actually is. Valtteri also made sure that nothing happened to Lewis. But he should have pulled over there. That shouldn’t happen.”

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When journalists pointed out that the drivers were told by race director Michael Masi that they were not allowed to push each other off the track at the start, Wolff responded by saying there is a difference “between not closing and keeping a bus lane free”.

However, Wolff also thinks Hamilton should have moved over and got behind Bottas to pick up the slipstream.

“At this point at the latest he should have moved a little to the left,” the Austrian explained, adding that afterwards “everything went wrong that can go wrong”.

“We tried to stretch ourselves in all directions and that’s why it’s all the more annoying that something like this happens,” concluded Mercedes’ team boss.

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