Valtteri Bottas, French GP 2021
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Two previous F1 drivers imagine Valtteri Bottas is definitely leaving Mercedes.
Toto Wolff tried to downplay the Finn’s expletive-crammed radio rant in the French GP as a “good” point simply because he is “ultimately allowing something out”.
But according to Red Bull driver Robert Doornbos, a thing won’t add up.
“Why did not he (Bottas) say it before?” he instructed Ziggo Sport.
“He really should have advised his workforce halfway via the race, not immediately after it was way too late. It looks like he just won’t have a situation in the crew to get issues accomplished.”
Doornbos mentioned some thing else was “unusual” about Bottas at Paul Ricard.
“Why failed to he want to go for the speediest lap at the conclude by earning a pitstop?” wondered the Dutchman.
“It is a peculiar shift if you talk to me. In my perspective, he was instructed extended back that he would not be there future 12 months. Possibly which is why we’re looking at these interaction problems.
“It doesn’t seem to be like you will find a fantastic vibe in the team at the instant,” Doornbos stated.
An additional former driver, Ralf Schumacher, thinks that though Bottas had some very good rate more than the weekend in France, the 31-12 months-old’s overall performance total is “just not great ample”.
“It is really a new problem for Mercedes for the reason that they haven’t experienced any authentic opponents from outside the house the group in current decades,” he advised Sky Deutschland.
“In that context, each error is a large challenge.
“We observed how significant Perez was in creating Verstappen’s tactic operate. Bottas wasn’t fairly there in the similar way.”
However, Schumacher isn’t positive the situation is dire plenty of for Mercedes to look at ousting Bottas ahead of the conclusion of the season.
“If Bottas’ general performance is like it was final weekend or in Monaco, then I don’t see a driver change this season,” claimed the German.
“But must Bottas drop away even extra, it would undoubtedly be well worth contemplating.
“Personally, I wouldn’t have dared to be so significant on the radio right after doing like he has this period, but you can find possibly a rationale.
“He most likely understands he’s gone anyway and is making an attempt to recommend himself to a further staff. I cannot explain it in any other way,” included Schumacher.