Valtteri Bottas had another disappointing outing at the Spanish Grand Prix last weekend, finishing third more than 10 seconds behind Max Verstappen as he was asked by his team to let Sir Lewis Hamilton pass him to chase down the Red Bull for the victory.
However, Bottas did not make it easy for Hamilton to overtake him and the Finn has said that he was ultimately there to race and not "to let people by".
Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff said that he understood Bottas' reluctance to let the world champion by, and speaking to RacingNews365.com and other select media, he said that the driver has suffered so far this season by getting caught behind other cars which has dented his shots at race victories.
"He is very strong and he's in a good place. And he keeps scoring. (In qualifying) there were three drivers within a tenth, and the weekend before he was on pole. So his speed is enormous," Wolff said.
"It's just that when things go wrong at the start, or you are in a duel with other cars and you lose time to the leaders, that is basically a KO."
"And behind Charles (in the Spanish Grand Prix) I don't know how much he lost, 20 seconds or so? And then obviously that's when you are third on the road at best."