Bottas suffered a strike before his final retirement as he was unable to finish the race won by Hamilton to close the gap with Verstappen at the top of the standings with eight points with two races remaining.
Bottas said that while he can’t reveal why his car had a flat tire, its setup is different from that of the Mercedes driver.
I found out the reason [de la ponchadura]But I can’t give details,” he said Central Finnish evening news. “But my car was no longer what it was, and it was not like Lewis. There were slight differences in the cars.”
Mercedes boss Toto Wolff rushed to Bottas during the race, demanding to improve his speed, but then Wolff backed his No. 2 driver to help defend his team’s Manufacturers Championship title, which is what he’s leading Red Bull Only five points.
“We know he can get away when he’s up front,” Wolff said. “So the speed is there. I have absolute confidence in him for the next races and hopefully we’ll have a good car. Then Valtteri will come back to the front because that’s where we need him.”
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