Bottas surprised by Wolff's Monaco pit stop claim

03/06/2021
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Valtteri Bottas admits to being surprised by Toto Wolff's claim that part of the issue with the Finn's wheel nut in Monaco was his failure to stop correctly at his pit slot.

The Austrian made the claim in the wake of a disastrous weekend on the streets of the Principality which saw Bottas score his second DNF of the season and teammate, Lewis Hamilton lose the championship lead after finishing a distant seventh.

Asked about Wolff's claim, Bottas, who participated today's press conference via video after his flight from Finland was delayed, admitted: "I was surprised.

"I saw the video," he continued, "and for me, it was pretty spot on where I stopped, so yeah, I was quite surprised.

"As a matter of fact, pit stops were one of my concerns already a few weeks before that I'd raised to the team," he revealed, "so it didn't come from somewhere out of the blue. We knew that we were not perfect in pit stops, as we've seen, and also other areas like tyre warm-up in qualifying.

"I think I was, like, 2-3 cm off the central line," he added, "and if you get that accuracy, normally it's pretty good. It can easily swing by 10-15 cm, so I thought it was pretty spot-on."

The Monaco retirement, coupled with his crash at Imola, would appear to have put the Finn's new found mental strength to the challenge, an aspect of Bottas' pre-season preparations he particularly focussed on this year.

"In the beginning of the season, definitely the mental strength has been tested," he laughed. "It's not been the easiest ride to start with, in the last few races, having two DNFs.

"So I would say there have been setbacks and it's all about how you bounce back from those and how you move forward.

"The loser option is to give up and it's not something I'm going to do," he insisted. "So still keeping very strong mentally and knowing that it's a long, long season ahead and for sure many good battles to come and hopefully many wins.

"So I have full belief in myself and for us as a team that we still have time to do good things."

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Published: 03/06/2021
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