Ross Brawn believes Vallteri Bottas will have cursed himself after Sunday’s Tuscan Grand Prix after letting a victory slip through his fingers at Mugello. Bottas was beaten to pole position by a small margin by Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton, but managed to grab the lead at the start of the race, after which the race was halted by a red flag.
At the restart, the Finn failed to hold his own against Hamilton, who took the lead in the race and then remained in the lead until the finish and thus won the Grand Prix.
Despite his best efforts, Bottas just couldn’t challenge the Imperial Briton. Brawn writes about this in his F1 column: “Valtteri Bottas will leave Tuscany believing he should have the victory trophy. The Finn was in great shape after taking the lead from Lewis Hamilton.”
“He let victory slip through his fingers and he will find it difficult to deal with this new defeat to the reigning world champion.”
Brawn believes that this defeat, which has earned him 55 points behind Hamilton in the championship, has left Bottas more questions than answers.
“This one will hurt and he’ll wonder what should he do to get the upper hand over his teammate? He’s still in the hunt for championships, of course, but as each race has been run his chances diminish. It’s now a mental one. fight, because he has the speed, but Lewis is ruthless, takes every opportunity and rarely gives one to his opponents. ”