Toto Wolff has praised Valtteri Bottas’ efforts and performance at last weekend’s British Grand Prix at Silverstone.

The Mercedes driver had a solid race weekend in Great Britain – he qualified 3rd on Friday, finished 3rd in Sprint Qualifying on Saturday, and crossed the finish line third in the race on Sunday. Team principal Wolff was delighted with the Finn’s performance.

“He had a brilliant weekend in my opinion because he could have been on pole if he would have had a tow on Friday night and that was obviously impacting his performance. If you’re on pole it’s much easier,” he said.

“And he was very quick [in the race], he drove a really solid race and just Lewis coming from behind on that hard [tire] was just in another dimension to everyone else on track.

“But Valtteri was the second-quickest car out there and helped for Lewis to secure the way and Valtteri’s just a great team member and great driver with the right character and personality.

“He has been a teammate of the best Formula 1 driver of all time and that is not always very easy to shine but he’s fantastic.”

At the same time, Wolff has also confirmed that the team had talked with Bottas about helping Lewis Hamilton in the title fight.

“It is very important because statistically his odds to win the championship are very small compared to Lewis, who is very much in the fight,” he commented.

“And we have discussed that, and as tough as it is for a driver, there is no room for margin here in this year’s championship.”

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