The head of the Mercedes team, Toto Wolff, named the reason for Valtteri Bottas’s departure at the Nurburgring and told what he expects from the upcoming Portuguese Grand Prix.
Toto Wolff: “The moment Lewis crossed the finish line in Germany on his way to his 91st career victory was special. On the other hand, Valtteri’s race could not have gone worse – he started from pole, but did not finish and lost a lot of points in the individual standings – this is a heavy blow to Valtteri’s chances at this stage of the season.
We have identified a failed ECU electrical component that is causing the problem. All evidence suggests that a quick decision to stop the car prevented mechanical damage to the power plant. It is always difficult for a racer to leave the race, but one of Valtteri’s strengths is resilience and the ability to recoup. I am sure that in Portugal he will do everything in his power.
The track in Portimão is already the second new one this season, the results may be unexpected. In Mugello, we saw an exciting race, and after that we focused on how to prepare as well as possible for the remaining new races and collect information as efficiently as possible upon arrival on the track. This will be especially important during the two-day weekend in Imola next week.
In the last stages, our car was fast in qualifications and races. We hope to confirm this speed in Portugal. “