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Mercedes F1 Team Defends Its Alpha Driver

Despite his failing to win a race in 2018, Mercedes continue to back one of their two ‘alpha’ drivers, Valtteri Bottas. The Finnish driver had a promising start to the season, but having suffered a number of incidents outside of his control, he was pushed aside as Lewis Hamilton went on to win 11 races. However, the Mercedes team boss, Toto Wolff, wholeheartedly defends the decision to retain Valtteri Bottas as an alpha driver, and his future at Mercedes, at least for next year, is safe.

What Went Wrong for Bottas?

Valtteri Bottas started the 2018 season with great promise: after a shaky start in Australia, he went on to finish second in Bahrain. However, after that he missed out, and despite getting a number of fastest laps and seven second-place finishes, he won no races, whilst Hamilton finished first in 11.

Two main incidents are said to have caused his downfall. In Russia he was specifically asked by Mercedes to give up his victory to allow the win for Hamilton. he was pushed aside as Lewis Hamilton went on to win 11 races. However, the Mercedes team boss, Toto Wolff, wholeheartedly defends the decision to retain Valtteri Bottas as an alpha driver, and his future at Mercedes, at least for next year, is safe. It’s also generally considered that he would also have won at Azerbaijan had he not suffered a tyre puncture. This run of bad luck meant Bottas didn’t quite have the season he was hoping for, but Mercedes boss Wolff has said that he is still vitally important to the team and that without Bottas Mercedes wouldn’t have won either the Drivers’ Championship or the Constructors’ Championship. As a result he has been signed for 2019, with the option of staying for 2020.

Season Ahead for Bottas

Bottas is expected to return to excellent form next year for the 2019 season. The season kicks off in Melbourne in March, and reaches its spiritual home of Monaco in the late May bank holiday. The season kicks off in Melbourne in March, and reaches its spiritual home of Monaco in the late May bank holiday. If you are planning on heading to France for the event, the only way you can ensure you have a top race experience is to book your place at the Monaco F1 Paddock Club via edgeglobalevents.com/f1-paddock-club/f1-paddock-club-monaco. The Paddock Club experience at Monaco is second to none and means you get the best food, entertainment, drinks and views as well as the chance of a guided tour and access to the club lounge.

Will 2019 mean a better season for Bottas? With Mercedes’ full backing for him as team alpha, there’s every chance.

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