Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has burdened the significance of getting Valtteri Bottas “again to an excellent place” after he endured one other tough weekend on the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Bottas ran a lot of the race on the Yas Marina Circuit in second however was overtaken by Sebastian Vettel and the 2 Purple Bulls within the latter a part of it following a collection of lock-ups. The Finn’s failure to win in Abu Dhabi means he turns into the primary Mercedes driver since Michael Schumacher in 2012 not to achieve this in a single season.

Reflecting on Bottas’ season, Wolff believes the turning level for Bottas was the puncture he suffered within the closing laps of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix whereas operating in first — victory in Baku would have put Bottas high of the drivers’ championship for the primary time in his profession.

“He was actually good till Baku,” Wolff stated. “I believe he would have won the race there with out the puncture and he would have been within the lead of the championship. After an extended dialog I consider that when you haven’t any shot anymore of the championship, and you recognize you want to hand over, it sort of damages you mentally. I hope it is not the case, he says not, he is a robust Finn and a warrior however now over the winter we have now to decide him up once more and get him again to an excellent place.”

Bottas finishes his second season in fifth within the drivers’ championship, dropping out to Verstappen for fourth within the closing race. Charles Coates/Getty Photographs

Bottas was the one driver in the entire subject to make a second cease in Abu Dhabi and Wolff revealed that the Finn had suffered a difficulty with the rear-right tyre of his Mercedes, which doubtlessly explains why Bottas struggled within the closing a part of the grand prix.

”As we speak, after the cease, we noticed some odd braking behaviour, it was on the rear-right I consider,” Wolff added. ”We could not actually see what it was, we may simply see the stability wasn’t proper, and that is why we made the cease to change the wheel. And from then on it was a bit higher. So earlier than really making a touch upon efficiency, I would somewhat see all the information.”

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