The Finn's performance Valtteri Bottas at Azerbaijan Grand Prix de F1 attracted a lot of attention. The nordic finished 10 ° the classification and arrived 12 ° running out of scoring points. His work contrasted with that of the English Lewis Hamilton, second in the timed run and who fought for the victory until he continued long in the first corner after the second start of the test that caused the red flag that appeared due to the abandonment of the Dutchman Max Verstappen (Red Bull).
The explanation of Bottas performance is in the tuning who chose to face the Baku street map, where it was imposed in 2019. According to Mike Elliott, technical director of the German team, opted for the slowest, although the simulations indicated otherwise.
“Lewis raced with a lower downforce level, which the simulations predicted would be optimal. Valtteri chose a slightly higher load level, which we predicted would be a bit slower… Maybe a tenth of a second per lap slower ”, assured the engineer.
“How do we let him choose that and why did we end up in that position? Well that was Valtteri's choice to race and he did it because he felt it would be faster for him. What must be understood is that this is a difficult circuit, where you have to warm up the front tires well and where you need real confidence because the walls are very close. "Elliott explained.
“Getting these tires warm is really important and if you can go a little faster and put a little more energy in those tires, the car will go faster and you will end up in a positive performance spiral. It was therefore important that Valtteri was happy with his car and that he felt confident despite the small difference that the simulation predicted in peak performance. " the technician finished.
It is not the first time that Mercedes has blamed Bottas for his result. Toto Wolff, head of the team, even said that the failed pit stop at the Monaco Grand Prix was because his driver did not stop his car in the correct position ...