Bottas took a brand new energy unit for Sunday’s race, and moved back to 16th on the grid, forward solely of different drivers who had taken penalties – together with Max Verstappen in twentieth.
Whereas the change was obligatory after the Finn suffered a problem along with his latest engine on Friday, it additionally opened up a tactical alternative for him to cowl and doable compromise Verstappen’s anticipated progress by means of the sector.
Nevertheless Bottas was overtaken by Verstappen after simply six laps. Whereas the Dutchman continued to realize positions, Bottas discovered himself caught, and unable to repeat the cost to 3rd place that he made in Monza.
Earlier than the rain hit within the closing phases of the race Verstappen was working seventh, whereas Bottas was languishing in 14th. Nevertheless an early change to intermediates saw him jump up to fifth at the flag.
“It was lot tougher for me than I assumed it might be, simply to come back by means of the sector. I assumed it was going to be like in Monza, nevertheless it was much more tough,” he stated.
“Like Max for instance, he was in a position to progress a lot better than me. I do not know. Primarily what I struggled with was huge understeer, and this was once I received shut and I could not get to overtaking distance.”
Requested if he may have carried out extra to carry again Verstappen he stated: “He was simply in a position to actually come by means of the sector.
“I want to take a look if there was extra I may have carried out however I believe he handed me fairly simply. I believe he then overtook the automobiles forward of me, and I had no likelihood.”
Mercedes trackside engineer director Andrew Shovlin defined that the understeer was inspired by decrease temperatures on race day, and that compromised Bottas’s probabilities of staying near rivals forward.
“Principally that the cooler situations the entrance tyres had been having a troublesome time,” he defined. “We had been understeering a bit. Whereas on Friday, the rears had been actually the axle that was struggling essentially the most, right here it was the entrance.
“And when you may’t comply with in these final 4 corners, then you may’t get shut sufficient to overhaul, nevertheless it was actually all the way down to automotive stability. I believe the cooler situations are literally making it tougher, slightly than simpler.”
Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes W12
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Mercedes crew principal Toto Wolff, who was heard giving Bottas a rush up on the radio, admitted that the crew may have carried out extra,
“I believe we have to present Valtteri with a automotive and energy unit that may make him overtake,” he stated. “You’ve got seen that he is not missing the flexibility as a result of Monza was spectacular.
“It is simply right here for no matter motive, you have got seen with Lewis originally that our automotive was battling understeer, should you wrestle with understeer, you are not getting shut sufficient.
“And Lewis could not overtake the blokes in entrance of him and the identical occurred to Valtteri. So I believe we simply must know actually perceive why the automotive lacked competitiveness in visitors, and felt good in free air.”