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Mercedes admit concern over Bottas' current form

  • Published on 01 Oct 2017 07:12
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  • By: Fergal Walsh

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has admitted that he is worried about Valtteri Bottas' form as the 2017 season enters the final sprint. Bottas, who was considered by some to be a real title contender this year, is now 51 points behind teammate Lewis Hamilton in the driver's standings.

The last time the Finn out-qualified his three-time world champion teammate was at Hungary, before the summer break. In the four qualifying sessions following Hungary, Bottas has been at least half a second slower than Hamilton.

Race Hamilton Bottas Gap
Belgium Pole position Third + 0.541
Italy Pole position Fourth + 0.736
Singapore Fifth Sixth + 0.684
Malaysia Pole position Fifth +0.682

After Saturday's qualifying session, Bottas said: "For me, I'm still really far away. It's tricky being such a big amount of time off the pace. As a driver it's difficult to accept. I need to try and find the answer and not let it get in my head. It's so easy to try too much in this sport but I need to have a look good in the mirror again."

Bottas joined Mercedes at the start of the year as a replacement for world champion Nico Rosberg and has recently signed on again for a second year with the Silver Arrows. However, Wolff, who has worked with Bottas for many years, is worried about the current form of the 28-year-old.

"Yes I'm worried because I want Valtteri to do well and everybody wants Valtteri to do well," Wolff stated. "You need to have the car in the sweet spot to extract maximum grip and that is not easy. Valtteri seems to struggle more with finding the sweet spot than Lewis.

"There are so many factors involved but I have no doubt that with his intelligence that he's going to fit the jigsaw together. We have many more races to do together to undo the problem and very good drivers are able to pick themselves out of a difficult situation. I have no doubt that Valtteri will do that."

 

Fergal Walsh

 

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  • I must admit, he's been super impressive lately.. not sure whats going on

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    • Oct 1 2017 - 07:24
  • Kevin

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    There are rumours of Alonso lobbying to replace Bottas next year. Reason why he has not extended his contract at McLaren yet.

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    • Oct 1 2017 - 10:53
    • mbmwe36

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      Haven't heard those rumours, but that would certainly be interesting. I think it would create chaos within Mercedes, and would probably come back to haunt them. They would probably be wise to stick with Bottas, even if he is currently under performing.

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      • Oct 1 2017 - 19:18
    • Well yes, Alonso is about as busy with trying to get into Toto Wolff's pants as Trump and Kim Yong Un is with bitchfighting, thats hardly a secret, but what I wonder is how likely Wolff is to unzip die lederhosen. I dont think its likely. I dont think he want to be in a team with two dominant drivers again. Rosberg and Hamilton in the same team was bad, Hamilton and Alonso would be miles worse.

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      • Oct 2 2017 - 11:47
  • Barron

    Posts: 625

    Watch out Valterri, they're coming to get you! Watch your mirrors mate, that Alonso is a sneaky tyke.

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    • Oct 2 2017 - 11:27

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