‘We have been sleeping’: Valtteri Bottas slams Mercedes’ show at F1’s 70th Anniversary Grand Prix
‘As a group we have been sleeping’: Valtteri Bottas slams Mercedes’ show as he bemoans missed alternative to win 70th Anniversary Grand Prix as Crimson Bull’s Max Verstappen takes victory
- Max Verstappen ended Mercedes’ unbeaten begin with victory at Silverstone
- The Dutchman took benefit of Mercedes’ tyre issues within the sizzling circumstances
- Lewis Hamilton claimed second in entrance of his team-mate Valtteri Bottas
Valtteri Bottas has expressed his frustration after Mercedes didn’t safe a victory at F1’s 70th Anniversary Grand Prix at Silverstone on Sunday.
Mercedes had been anticipated to cruise to their fifth win from as many rounds this season.
Valtteri Bottas has slammed Mercedes’ show in F1’s 70th anniversary Grand Prix
Bottas (entrance) and Hamilton completed third and second respectively at Silverstone
However each Hamilton and Bottas struggled with their tyres to clear the way in which for Verstappen to take an unlikely win.
Bottas was forward of Hamilton all through the race however with Mercedes matching Crimson Bull’s second-stop technique with their lead driver, he was straightforward pickings for Hamilton within the closing levels.
He slipped to 3rd after Hamilton’s overtake, and can also be now third within the championship.
‘A win ought to have been potential at the moment,’ Bottas stated to Sky F1. ‘The tempo was good. For me, the technique was sub-optimal.’
He added: ‘As a group we have been sleeping in some unspecified time in the future when Max managed to get forward of us and my technique was far, removed from preferrred. Heaps to study from at the moment, I believe.’
Max Verstappen sprung the shock of the season by claiming victory on Sunday