Bottas hopes that Mercedes can bounce back in time for the British Grand Prix

01-07-2019 16:05
by Louis Shaw
F1 News
Bottas hopes that Mercedes can bounce back in time for the British Grand Prix

Mercedes domination came to an end at the weekend when Max Verstappen won the Austrian Grand Prix. The Silver Arrows seemed to have some issues with overheating and this meant that Valtteri Bottas finished the race in third with his teammate Lewis Hamilton down in fifth. The team will hope for cooler temperatures at the British Grand Prix as they look to fight for a race win once again. 

Speaking after the Austrian Grand Prix Bottas made it clear that he had some issues keeping his car in its optimal window but was pleased to have still picked up some points despite this difficulty. 

"I think we made the most of it today (Sunday)," Bottas said after the race. "We expected this race to be tricky, but it turned out to be even more difficult than we predicted. We had to do lots of lifting and coasting and couldn’t use all engines modes to keep the engine from overheating.

"We couldn’t really race properly, and I had to manage temperatures for the majority of the race. It made both defending and attacking very difficult. But you have to look at the positives – I got some good points out of this weekend and I don’t think there was much different in terms of race pace. So, it isn’t all bad. We’ll investigate and hopefully, come back stronger at Silverstone."

Rival teams will be pleased to see Mercedes having so many issues and both Ferrari and Red Bull will have gained confidence after beating them. It will be interesting to see if the overheating is an issue Mercedes will continue to have at the hotter Grand Prix. 

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