Valtteri Bottas made yet another costly mistake at the 2019 Italian Grand Prix despite finishing in second place – and Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff was clearly not impressed.
Bottas joined Mercedes ahead of the 2017 season after a highly impressive four-year spell at Williams, and was touted for great things by many within the sport.
Despite his team’s utter dominance of the sport over the proceeding two years, however, the Fin has all-too-often failed to live up to the lofty standards set by teammate Lewis Hamilton – with the British driver claiming an astounding 28 win from the 54 races they have started as teammates.
Bottas, on the other hand, has claimed a comparatively meagre five, and speculation has long-been rife that the Silver Arrows will be on the lookout for a replacement, if he is not to start challenging at the front consistently.
However, that speculation may be put to bed for the foreseeable future after it was announced that the Finn had extended his contract with the side.
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With Hamilton suffering a costly spin at this weekend’s Italian Grand Prix at Monza, the struggling driver had seemingly been handed a golden opportunity to win a race, with only the leading Charles Leclerc standing in his way with three laps to go.
After cutting his lead down to just half a second, and carrying a serious advantage coming off the straight due to his DRS, Bottas not only failed to capitalise, but also locked up coming into the chicane – effectively leaving his hopes for a third win of the season in tatters.
Whilst he may have been praying for a message of support over the radio, none was forthcoming, with his team instead being pictured putting their head in their hands in disappointment.
The Mercedes driver did eventually manage to cut the gap once again to only 0.7 seconds, but it will be little consolation for the driver, who will know serious questions will be asked once again over his suitability for a top-tier drive.News Now - Sport News