Bottas scored his first win in over a yr with a managed show on the entrance of the pack within the Turkish Grand Prix final weekend, crossing the road over 14 seconds away from Purple Bull’s Max Verstappen in damp circumstances.
By denying Verstappen victory, it ensured that Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton solely slipped to 6 factors off the lead of the drivers’ standings, having fought from eleventh at the beginning to complete fifth after a grid penalty.
The efficiency got here on the web site of one in every of Bottas’s lowest moments with Mercedes, when he spun six instances within the Istanbul Park race in 2020.
It was additionally a major assertion from the Finn forward of his exit from Mercedes on the finish of the yr, making certain he wouldn’t endure a winless ultimate season with the German producer.
Mercedes F1 boss Wolff thought Bottas’s win “will not be his final this season”, praising his “unbelievable” show all through the weekend in Turkey.
“He began with an easiness from pole and pulled away,” Wolff mentioned.
“He was the quickest man on-track, one of the best by way of tyre administration. He stored it all the time beneath management, scored quickest lap. It is a 10 out of 10.
“It will possibly play an important position within the constructors’ championship, but additionally supporting Lewis.
“As a result of right this moment, solely Valtteri’s efficiency prevented Max to attain eight extra factors.”
Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes W12
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Bottas’s win and bonus level for the quickest lap additionally ensured that Mercedes prolonged its lead within the constructors’ championship regardless of being joined on the rostrum by Purple Bull drivers Verstappen and Sergio Perez.
Mercedes sits 36 factors away from Purple Bull heading into the ultimate six races of the season because it chases a record-extending eighth consecutive constructors’ crown this yr.
It marks a turnaround from the summer season months when Purple Bull appeared to have a transparent tempo benefit over Mercedes.
Whereas Wolff felt the workforce was understanding its W12 automotive higher now, he didn’t suppose it was doable to say with “absolute conviction” that it had the sooner automotive.
“I imagine that now we have a extremely good bundle now,” Wolff mentioned.
“The automotive is aggressive and was very aggressive [in Turkey], and if it wasn’t for a grid penalty, I believe we may have had each likelihood to complete first and second, and eight factors extra.
“I’m wanting fastidiously optimistic into the long run. Austin is a observe that we like. And it’s one other alternative.
“However I’m beneath no phantasm that it will go very a lot to the tip within the drivers’ championship.”