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Bottas confident Hungary crash won't influence Wolff

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04/08/2021

Following Sunday's Demolition Derby, Valtteri Bottas remains confident that it will not influence Toto Wolff when it comes to deciding the team's 2022 line-up.

Even before the dust had settled in the moments after Sunday's 'incident' mischief makers - including Pitpass it must be admitted - were taking to social media, opining that Valtteri Bottas' taking out of both Red Bulls at the first corner would surely lead to an 'announce' in the coming days.

Indeed, as George Russell slowed, on the instructions of the FIA, to allow Esteban Ocon and others through after the restart, as commentators mistook his slowing down for a puncture we even went so far as to suggest Bottas had been seen on a grassy knoll just opposite. It was that kind of day.

However, though the incident was Bottas' third DNF of the season, meaning the Finn has completed less (78.2%) race laps than anyone else - his teammate is the only driver on 100% - he in confident that Sunday's actions will not compromise his chances at Toto Wolff considers the team's 2022 line-up over the summer.

"We didn't speak about it," Bottas replied when asked if the incident will have compromised his chances. "I don't think one race will influence anything. I don't think so. We'll see in the next weeks what happens.

"If I'm honest, it would be nice to race next weekend and try and get a good race.

"But I guess it's time for a break and try to come back strong and try and have a positive start to the second half."

Other than Sunday's shenanigans, one wonders what Bottas will make of the decision to allow George Russell to test the 2022 tyres yesterday, albeit on a Mercedes mule.

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1. Posted by kenji, 07/08/2021 2:07

"sorry for that mess...should read, 'where he would be a good guiding hand to Tsunoda, regularly pull in some points but more importantly he could shed some immediate insight into the inner workings of Mercedes. That would irritate Wolff considerably and spice up the action even more."

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2. Posted by kenji, 07/08/2021 2:03

"Peas and thimbles are easier to play with!! Looking at this and the range of possibilities can be very interesting. Why not dispense with Perez and install Gasly as he is now much more mature and vry fast. Move Bottas into the now vacant seat Alpha Tauri where he would be a good guif=ding hand to Tsunoda"

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3. Posted by zoom, 06/08/2021 18:47

"I don't see Wolfe making a change for next season. I think top of Mercedes" to-do list is to win 8 championships & not at all confident that's going to happen this year. The team works well together as is Russell is a bit of an unknown quantity--will he follow team orders or would it be a repeat of Rosberg? If Bottas does get the boot, I'd love to see him racing with Max--& I betcha Horner is thinking about this."

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4. Posted by Stitch431, 05/08/2021 11:40

"Also the team. remember Monaco? Bottas was fighting for the lead there when the team had a major FU."

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5. Posted by kenji, 05/08/2021 2:24

"Even 'wingmen' need to be consistent..."

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6. Posted by @R1Racing71, 04/08/2021 21:47

"Do me a favour, decision made at start of season."

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7. Posted by Roli, 04/08/2021 19:41

"Its a shame that you, Bottas were paired against Lewis, Hope you get a good drive in a competetive car , you deserve it !
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8. Posted by ChickenFarmerF1, 04/08/2021 16:25

"Most likely this is because the decision was already made."

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9. Posted by Stitch431, 04/08/2021 16:15

"AH, and I thought he just earned himself an extra year because of it ;-)"

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