WATCH: Valtteri Bottas Blasts Mercedes F1 Engineer for ‘F*cking’ Strategy Blunder on Radio

Published 06/20/2021, 10:50 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Portuguese Grand Prix – Algarve International Circuit – Portimao, Portugal – May 2, 2021 Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas before the race Pool via REUTERS/Gabriel Bouys


It seems like Mercedes have bounced back as Lewis Hamilton is leading the race while Valtteri Bottas is in third. However, Bottas is displeased with the fact that his team didn’t listen to him about having a two-stopper.

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Bottas’ tires were losing grip, and that gave the opportunity to Red Bull’s Verstappen to take second place and potentially attack, title-rival, Lewis Hamilton.

Valtteri Bottas furious on team radio as they didn’t listen to him

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Bottas said, “Why the f*ck you didn’t listen to me when I told you it was gonna be a two-stopper? F*cking hell!”

The Finn has already two previous bad races this season, and now with this happening to him at the French Grand Prix, certainly adds salt to his wounds.

The Finn was overtaken by Mexico’s Sergio Perez in the closing laps of the race. He fell down from third to fourth, it seems like Bottas has lost a podium finish and is likely to bring twelve points for the Brackley-based outfit unless he pushes the limit and takes back the third place from Perez.

On the other side of the garage, his teammate, Hamilton lost the lead to Verstappen in the closing laps. Max will need to everything behind to keep the seven-time world champion in his rearview mirrors till he see the chequered flag.

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Will this mistake be costly to Mercedes?

With Verstappen overtaking Bottas and catching up to Hamilton. The Silver Arrows must be kicking themselves as they didn’t listen to their #77 driver.

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

Even though they might feature on the podium, the Brackley-based squad would like to have a 1-2 finish at Paul Ricard. A win that would play an important role in the fight for the Constructors’ championship.

However, with the Dutchman leading the race, Mercedes won’t be pleased with this weekend as well. Can the Silver Arrows keep their cool and find the pace to see them come out as victorious at Paul Ricard. We just have wait and find out as we are down to the closing laps of the Grand Prix.

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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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