Mercedes finally agreed that the team strategy demanded too much of Valtteri Bottas’ trees at the Hungarian Grand Prix. Mercedes F1 technical director James Allison said that Valtteri Bottas put up a brave show at the Hungarian Grand Prix but its strategy asked too much of his tyres.
During most of the race at the Hungaroring on Sunday, Valtteri Bottas was seen running second to teammate Lewis Hamilton. But later he fell to the fifth place as his tyres were worn out and he ended up crashing into Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo.
He continued on soft tyres 10 laps longer than teammate Lewis Hamilton in a bid to catch Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen post an early stop.
In the event:
Lewis Hamilton, Valtteri Bottas of Mercedes and Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen started on ultra- soft tyres. On the other hand, Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel ran a long first stint on soft tyres. Bottas was required to pit in response to Raikkonen to make sure that he held on to his track position.
Mercedes responded to Ferrari stomping its Driver Kimi Raikkonen on lap 14. It was done to make sure that Valterri Bottas is not surpassed by Kimi Raikkonen of Ferrari.
Ferrari then went on to have a two-stop strategy for Kimi Raikkonen giving Bottas an opportunity to pit again. But this would have allowed Vettel to go past him. Then possibly chase Lewis Hamilton who ended up winning the Hungarian Grand Prix.
Vettel finished second followed by teammate Kimi Raikkonen.