Rosberg Suspects Lewis Hamilton’s Role in Valtteri Bottas’ French GP Turnaround

Published 06/19/2021, 7:27 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Spanish Grand Prix – Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain – May 8, 2021 Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas during the press conference after qualifying in third position FIA/Handout via REUTERS


In the first two practice sessions of the French Grand Prix, we could see that both Mercedes were in the Top-3 of the timesheet. It was later revealed by team boss, Toto Wolff that Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas swapped chassis.

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The change of chassis saw Bottas enjoying more agility than Hamilton, as he topped the timesheet in FP1 and came second in FP2, with Hamilton down at third.

Former Mercedes driver & 2016 world champion, Nico Rosberg feels that Bottas is quicker because he is using Hamilton’s chassis.

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Rosberg believes that Valtteri Bottas is quicker than Hamilton because of the chassis swap

Speaking to Sky Sports at the French Grand Prix, Rosberg said, “Absolutely, maybe it is down to the swapping of the chassis. Cause he has Lewis’s chassis this weekend, so maybe as a result of that he is found a lot of form, who knows?

Formula One F1 – French Grand Prix – Circuit Paul Ricard, Le Castellet, France – June 18, 2021 Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas during practice REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

“It remains to be seen for the weekend, but yes, yesterday Valtteri was on it and, three-tenths quicker than Lewis all time,” Rosberg concluded.

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Can Bottas bounce back at Le Castellet?

The Finnish driver suffered two horrible back-to-back weekends so far this season. Bottas had to retire from the Monaco GP due to a botched pit stop and in Baku where he placed twelfth, resulting in coming home empty-handed from the two races.

Now with the Brackley-based squad trying out a new formula ahead of this weekend, as they swapped the chassis of Hamilton and Bottas.

The 31-year-old hopes to make the most out of this opportunity, and he is already making it count, as he was the fastest in FP1 and second in FP2, only being beaten by Red Bull’s Max Verstappen.

Formula One F1 – French Grand Prix – Circuit Paul Ricard, Le Castellet, France – June 18, 2021 Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas during practice REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

Bottas will be optimistic for the qualifying round on Saturday and hopes to stick his Mercedes on the front row of the grid. He will be determined to make amends and help his team score crucial points need for the championship at French GP.

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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