Motorsport

Mercedes 'worried' over Bottas slump

2017-10-04 13:02
Valtteri Bottas (TEAMtalk Media)

Cape Town - Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff has said he is "worried" about Valtteri Bottas' recent form, but believes it is down to set-up rather than driver ability. 

The Finn has been struggling of late and admitted himself that his confidence has taken a hit as a result of his poor form. 

But while Wolff is concerned, he does believe that Bottas will come out of this slump a stronger driver. 

"Yes, I'm worried because I want Valtteri to do well. Everyone wants Valtteri to do well," Wolff said via Motorsport.com in Sepang. 

"Valtteri seems to struggle more in having the car in the sweet spot than Lewis. There are so many factors that play a role, but I have no doubt his intelligence will put the jigsaw together. 

"We have many more races to do it together and undo the problem. Very good drivers are able to dig themselves out of a difficult situation and I have no doubt he will do that. 

"Somebody clever said, ‘smooth seas don't make tough sailors', and if he can dig himself out of his current underperformance, then he is going to come out much stronger. 

"We have seen very good performances from him this year and he had a dip in form in the last races. But nobody is doubting Valtteri." 

Wolff does believe driver style does play a part, but recognises it is not always easy to change your methods. 

"We have a capricious car," he said. 

"It has a very narrow operating window with the tyres, where the tyres generate optimum grip. And dipping in and out of the window is the fundamental story of 2017 for us. 

"Driving style plays a role. Lewis was able to better adapt to the problem than Valtteri. But changing driving style is not something that comes easy to anybody."

Read more on:    mercedes  |  f1  |  toto wolff  |  valtteri bottas  |  motorsport
NEXT ON SPORT24X

What To Read Next

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Live scoring

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

Featured

The 2017/18 PSL season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs
Vote

Hypothetically, given the same cars to drive, who is the most talented current Formula One driver in your opinion?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.