Reviews: Mercedes cheers: Result in qualifying just as planned!

Mercedes corrected: Hamilton would not have left

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Bottas war zwar minimal langsamer als Hamilton, steht aber auf der Pole © Motorsport Images Bottas was minimally slower than Hamilton, but is on the Pole

even if Valtteri Bottas drove slowly at the end of 0.130 seconds than his Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton, was the Finn the Poleposition on Saturday in Istanbul Safe . Because of a motors change, Hamilton has already been previously determined that he is relocated ten places in the starting position.

Thus, Bottas inherited the place on the sun. The poles for him was also tangible for him from their own. Only five thousandths separated him from Hamilton's best time when Bottas had completed two-thirds of his last flying Q3 round.

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In the last sector, he lost the momentum. When asked if the late loss of time may have been part of a team-internal plan to make sure that Hamilton launches as far as possible despite punishment, bottas: "No, I did not rely to drive slower. I definitely gave everything. "

Why Bottas lost in his last round time

"In the last sector, I got problems on the front axle. I had easy understeer in the curves 12 and 14. There I lost some time. Maybe I had the tires earlier in the round already something very stressed, "explains the Finn.

Generally, the conditions in qualifying have not been ideal: "Especially Q1 was a bit border with the damp passages. In Q3, the first round was a bit damp and the curves 3/4. But I had some good rounds, in the Last round I missed something in the last sector as I said. "

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"But otherwise the round was really good and I enjoyed them. And as a team result, it was, of course, as we had planned, so that Lewis gets the slightest damage with his punishment and I stand on the poles. It should be. "

Bottas: Should Stappen be stopped behind me

with a view of the race and the danger of red-bull competitor Max stapping, which lurks on the starting place two, Bottas shows: "I think we have a pretty good racing car. As long as I do not make mistakes, I should hopefully be able to keep him behind me, "says the Polesetter.

"Of course, the strategy will always play a role, but at the moment I feel safe in the car and think that the pace is good. I think that here almost everyone is in the top 10 on the medium tire. If we are So only insert a stop, we will probably switch to the hard tires. "

Also, in the event that he should rain again, the Mercedes pilot looks well prepared: "We were able to try both conditions today and also the weather exchange. Both in the wet and dry, the car feels good, so that's what Good. In the wet there were no surprises, "says Bottas.

Wolff: Bottas after online criticism Extra attacking

"The trust is there and we just have to do our job tomorrow," reaffirms the 32-year-old and announces: "I will focus on my own race first and foremost." Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff knows what that means: "Valtteri wants to certainly win the race tomorrow."

"especially because it has given a few statements that were a bit under the waist line, in the social media in the last ten days," says Wolff and is sure that Bottas will give the answer on the route. "Let's take a look at whether this also makes him a little more aggressive."

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© Motorsport Images When Lewis Hamilton should go, Valtteri Bottas would return? is Lewis Hamilton actually before a resignation? And what would that mean for Mercedes? These are questions that are inevitable after the recent media appearance of Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff. "I hope that Lewis continues to race," he said, holding the speculation with it. Hamilton itself has no longer publicly evaluated after annoying over the management of Safety Car Phase at the Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi.

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