Toto Wolff explains his Portuguese GP radio message to Valtteri Bottas

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At one point during the Portuguese Grand Prix, Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff came on the team radio to provide motivation to Valtteri Bottas.

While Bottas was closing in on Max Verstappen, Wolff came of the Finn’s radio with a message of encouragement.

“Hunt him down Valtteri, you are the quicker car,” the Austrian sad.

It’s not that common for a team principal to talk to his drivers during a grand prix. After the race Wolff explained it is something Bottas wanted him to do.

“We discussed it,” Wolff said.

“I enjoy it also because I’m so passionate about things that having a release live to Valtteri, I thought works well.”

However, the message didn’t seem to improve the Finn’s performance, as he started struggling to catch Max.

“It actually didn’t work well this time, so I maybe need to shut up next time, or at least discuss with him,” joke the Austrian.


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Wolff was then asked if he thinks Valtteri Bottas needs more support, especially after three disappointing races.

“I don’t know. I need to speak to him again,” Mercedes’ team boss explained.

“He’s mentally strong, when you see how he recovered from last weekend. And yeah, he was really catching up [to Verstappen]. He was hunting him down.

“But when I came on the radio, it kind of flatlined. Maybe not in the future anymore.”

Ultimately Wolff sees a lot of positives in Bottas’ Portuguese Grand Prix performance.

“All in all, I think like many times it could have worked for Valtteri and we will push him hard and continue to support him.

“And next time we see what he is capable of doing in Barcelona.”

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