Bottas felt like “a sitting duck” as Mercedes screwed strategy

LE CASTELLET, FRANCE – JUNE 19: Third placed qualifier Valtteri Bottas of Finland and Mercedes GP looks on in parc ferme during qualifying ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of France at Circuit Paul Ricard on June 19, 2021 in Le Castellet, France. (Photo by Dan Istitene – Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)

Valtteri Bottas was left disappointed after finishing P4 at the French Grand Prix as Mercedes decided to take a strategy that went against the Finn’s desires.

Bottas pitted earlier than Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton in a race where the predicted strategy was a one-stop, but the two-stop strategy was favored instead due to the conditions on the track.

Why the **** does no one listen to me when I say it’s going to be a two-stopper?

Valtteri Bottas’ radio message midway through the race, suggesting an alternative strategy.

“I think the winning strategy today was a two-stop,” Bottas said. “Easy to say afterward but that’s how it is… I had no front tires left for the last 10 to 15 laps, so I was just really trying to get the car home.

“If I did a two-stop, for sure I would have been on the podium and fighting for the win of the race. That’s for ture.

“I think, as a team, we were too focused on completing the one-stop thinking it’s the best, but it wasn’t. Definitely another learning point this weekend. We thought with the cooler temps the tires would hold better, but they didn’t so I don’t know – I think our predictions in terms of tire life didn’t quite match the reality.”

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