Welcome at RacingNews365

You are logged in. Benefit directly from all the benefits of your account:

  • Share your thoughts and opinions about F1
  • Win fantastic prizes
  • Get access to our premium content
  • Take advantage of more exclusive benefits

Welcome at RacingNews365

Become part of the largest racing community in the United Kingdom. Create your free account now!

  • Share your thoughts and opinions about F1
  • Win fantastic prizes
  • Get access to our premium content
  • Take advantage of more exclusive benefits
Sign in
Mercedes

Wolff reveals there is more to Bottas' engine change

Valtteri Bottas will start Saturday's Sprint Qualifying from the front of the grid, but he will be handed a penalty for Sunday's Grand Prix after taking on his fourth engine of the season. Toto Wolff has explained why Mercedes opted to change the Finn's power unit.

Bottas Belgium Spa
Article
To news overview © Mercedes

Valtteri Bottas took on a completely new power unit ahead of Friday qualifying for the Italian Grand Prix, and Mercedes Team Principal Toto Wolff admits the move wasn't simply a strategic one.

Earlier in the day, Wolff indicated that Mercedes were considering taking engine penalties at Monza, with the team ultimately deciding to give Bottas a fourth engine of the season.

The move allows Bottas to start Saturday's Sprint Qualifying from the front, as the grid penalty will only apply to the Grand Prix itself, but Wolff revealed that the decision was made due to some concerns over the power unit.

"We had a little bit of a worry. We wouldn't have taken it otherwise," Wolff told Sky Sports following Friday's qualifying session.

"With the Sprint format, it's quite good, because you only have to take the penalty on Sunday."

Mercedes have the advantage heading into Saturday's Sprint Qualifying, with Lewis Hamilton starting alongside Bottas on the front row, while Red Bull's Max Verstappen will line up behind them in third.

The Dutchman finished four-tenths slower than Bottas in qualifying, halving the deficit Red Bull had at the same track last season.

"It depends if you see the world with the glass half full or half empty. We're more half empty," Wolff stated when asked if he was pleased with the margin.

"It's a solid advantage, I think we can be happy about that, but I think that the critical part is trying to perform every single weekend and not have any DNFs."

Also interesting:

Video: The secrets of the historic Monza circuit

Follow Rudy van Buren as he takes you on a flying lap around the home of Italian motorsport, the historic 'Temple of Speed' at Monza.

F1 2021 Italian Grand Prix RN365 News dossier

0 comments

x
Interview Horner offers his take on F1 rule changes: It's what Red Bull have been good at