Valtteri Bottas confirms he would have had no problem with letting Lewis Hamilton pass him in the Italian Gran Prix qualifying sprint race “if it was safe”.
Lewis says taking on a new engine and getting a penalty wouldn’t “be the smartest thing to do at this point”. Toto Wolff says it might not be “necessary”.
Lewis Hamilton explains what led to his poor start at the Italian GP Sprint Qualifying, but says he can still challenge Max Verstappen in the race.
Here is the transcript of the Post 2021 Italian Grand Prix Sprint Qualifying track interviews and press conference featuring Valtteri Bottas.
Lewis Hamilton, Valtteri Bottas, Toto Wolff and Andrew Shovlin give their comments on the 2021 Italian Grand Prix Sprint Qualifying.
Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff and Valtteri Bottas aren’t giving up on the Italian GP just yet, with the Finn saying: “anything is possible”.
After a poor start from P2, Lewis Hamilton finished the Italian Grand Prix Qualifying Sprint Race in P5. He is not very optimistic for the main race.
Valtteri Bottas, P1, 18 laps
Lewis Hamilton, P5, +20.011
Toto Wolff says Mercedes doesn’t want to have a driver who doesn’t have the ambition to “win races and championships early”.
Valtteri Bottas says he doesn’t feel he’s in Lewis Hamilton’s “shadow”, but instead sees them as a “team” who is “in this together”.