Mercedes explains the disaster of the pit stop of Valtteri Bottas as the driver laments the unlucky DNF – fr

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Mercedes explains the disaster of the pit stop of Valtteri Bottas as the driver laments the unlucky DNF – fr




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Valtteri Bottas pulled out of the Monaco Grand Prix after mechanics were unable to remove his front right tire during a pit stop

Valtteri Bottas pulled out of the Monaco Grand Prix after mechanics were unable to remove his front right tire during a pit stop

Mercedes said Valtteri Bottas’ strange pitstop at the Monaco GP was due to a damaged lug nut on his tire, with the Finnish driver urging his team to learn from the incident.

Bottas was second to Max Verstappen when he searched for new tires on lap 31 of 78, but a slow pit stop quickly turned into a race end as Mercedes was unable to remove their right front tire.

The team explained that “the wheel nut machined on the axle” ie essentially threaded, so the tire cannot be removed.

“The nut was damaged to the point where it was never going to come off, so we had no choice but to park the car,” said Andrew Shovlin, Mercedes Ground Engineering Director.

Team boss Toto Wolff added that “it has never happened this far before” and that “something we need to understand”.

Mercedes had a double whammy on Sunday in Monaco, with the pitstop disaster as well as a poor race for Lewis Hamilton, who finished in a modest seventh place and lost the championship lead to the winner of the Verstappen race.

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Valtteri Bottas was lost for his words after his race ended prematurely following a disastrous pit stop

Valtteri Bottas was lost for his words after his race ended prematurely following a disastrous pit stop

Bottas, meanwhile, was left to spoil another day of misfortune in the Mercedes car.

The Finn had been by far the fastest Mercedes of the whole weekend, but leaves the fifth round after losing more points to Verstappen and Hamilton, and is now fourth in the championship.

“Whether it’s human error or a mechanical problem, I don’t know,” Bottas said. “If it’s human error, we need to learn from it, we need to support the one who made the mistake.

“If it’s a technical problem, we need to take care of it and make sure it doesn’t happen again. It’s disappointing. I couldn’t believe this was happening.

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Toto Wolff reflects on what went wrong for Mercedes on the day Lewis Hamilton finished seventh and Valtteri Bottas DNF after pit horror

Toto Wolff reflects on what went wrong for Mercedes on the day Lewis Hamilton finished seventh and Valtteri Bottas DNF after pit horror

A pit stop typically lasts around two seconds, but Bottas quickly began to realize that this wasn’t the standard stop.

“It was like an eternity,” he added. “I was counting, like now maybe we’ve lost a place for [Carlos] Sainz, then probably to [Lando] Norris, so I knew it was going to be tough… but I think I never got it where the race ends because of that.

“The learning has to be done from this day forward. “

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