Valtteri Bottas was left fuming over Mercedes’ team radio during the French Grand Prix, after surrendering second place to Max Verstappen in the final few laps at Paul Ricard. Red Bull opted for a two-stop strategy for Verstappen over their main title rivals, which ultimately paid off with the Dutchman securing victory in France over Lewis Hamilton.
After the move, Bottas was heard shouting to his race engineer, Riccardo Musconi: “Why the f*** does nobody listen to me when I say it’s going to be a two-stopper? F***ing hell.”
His team-mate Hamilton was leading the race at the time, with the Finn behind him running in second, struggling on the hard tyre for the final few laps of the race.
Verstappen and Red Bull had switched up strategies, and pitted onto the medium compound of tyre in the latter part of the race to take the fight to Mercedes, whilst also trying to avoid their rivals performing the undercut.
And it worked, as the championship leader swept past the Finn on fresher tyres, before his team-mate Perez did the same thing few laps later, despite also being on the older hard tyre.
“My tyres are f***ing finished,” said Bottas. “Copy, we understand,” came the reply from Musconi.
But the strong weekend, up until the race, did not turn out to be as strong as Bottas, or Mercedes, would have liked after Sunday.
Red Bull and Verstappen pitted for a second time onto the medium tyre, sweeping past Hamilton on the penultimate lap, and extending his lead at the top of the standings by 12 points after a thrilling battle between Mercedes and Red Bull.
An elated team boss Christian Horner was heard over the radio congratulating Verstappen and saying: “Well done mate, payback, great job.”
The Dutchman replied: “What a race man, thank you so much,” after struggling with his team radio for much of the race.
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