‘Weird’ to see Mercedes struggle, says Bottas

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‘Weird’ to see Mercedes struggle, says Bottas

Valtteri Bottas admits it has been “bizarre” to see his former group Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton wrestle within the opening levels of the 2022 season.

Having received the earlier eight Constructors’ Championships, Mercedes now discover themselves scrapping for what little factors they will as Hamilton crossed the road in tenth in Saudi Arabia.

Their kind has been the other of Alfa Romeo and Bottas, who’ve been among the many shock packages of the season to this point.

Bottas outqualified the person who changed him at Mercedes, George Russell, on the Bahrain Grand Prix and appeared heading in the right direction to beat Hamilton in Saudi Arabia earlier than his DNF.

Talking about his former group, the Finn admitted it was “bizarre” to see the as soon as dominant Mercedes struggling.

“It’s bizarre to see,” he mentioned following Hamilton’s elimination in Q1, as reported by grandprix247.com.

“I’d guess he had some sort of challenge, I don’t know.

“It’s shocking to see them struggling, however it’s additionally good to have the ability to battle with them.

“I feel this was sort of the best-case-scenario for our first season collectively that I might ever think about, with the knowledge I had.”

Bottas appeared heading in the right direction to make it two points-scoring races from two till a rising engine temperature compelled him to retire the automobile in Jeddah.

Having challenged for P6, together with a battle with Alpine’s Fernando Alonso and Esteban Ocon, he mentioned his late DNF was “how racing goes”.

“It’s a pity to retire from what had been a extremely good race till that second, particularly as we have been wanting good for P6 at the very least,” the 32-year-old mentioned.

 

“The engine temperatures saved rising. We have to examine what triggered that, however we needed to pull the automobile out as we didn’t wish to lose the engine.

“It’s how racing goes. We now want to verify we clear up no matter challenge it was and transfer on.

“Trying on the positives, the automobile is actually good. We made one other step ahead from the earlier race, even within the begins.

“We have been doing a great job and having fun with some shut battles. Now let’s ensure that we get again to scoring in Australia.”

 

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