Valtteri Bottas says he accepted Mercedes’ decision to call off the fight for the lead between their two drivers at the end of the German Grand Prix.Lewis Hamilton after the pair fought for the lead when the race was restarted.
Bottas said he didn’t object to the decision because he hadn’t been able to pass Hamilton after the restart anyway.
“From my side, no hard feelings on the call,” he said. “It made complete sense for me.”
“We had the battle in the first lap [after the Safety Car], that was it. I’d already lost the race before that with the Safety Car for me it was really bad timing so it didn’t really go my way.”
Bottas confirmed the pair were allowed to race immediately after the restart.
“After the Safety Car went out we were free to race and I think we had a nice battle with Lewis the first lap after the Safety Car,” he said.
“Here you need a quite a big pace difference to overtake and being more or less on equal tyres it would have been really tricky.”
The timing of the Safety Car race hurt Bottas’s hopes of winning the race, he said.
“As a driver the win is what you are looking after and when Seb [Vettel] went off I thought ‘now is a good chance’. But I think for Lewis the Safety Car was better timed, he could stay out, I had to stop. ”
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