Valtteri Bottas has been praised for his driving which helped Mercedes gain an edge over Red Bull while trying to retain the F1 title this season.
In the four races that have taken place till now, Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen have traded first and second place while Bottas has been third on three occasions.
This has helped Mercedes stack up the points as far as the constructors’ championship is concerned.
On the other hand, Sergio Perez is still getting used to his position at Red Bull through a steep learning curve. This comes after he left his previous team – Racing Point and joined Red Bull at the start of this year.
Mercedes trackside engineering director Andrew Shovlin, while talking about Bottas said, “He was solid through the weekend [in Spain].
“That’s an advantage we’re enjoying with our two drivers that we’re seeing more consistently than they are at Red Bull.”
Hamilton has a lead of 14 points on Verstappen. Perez has managed to score two fifths and a fourth so far.
What is interesting to note is the difference between the ‘second’ cars has given Mercedes a 29-point advantage over Red Bull.
In Spain, Bottas started third on the grid but fell behind Charles Leclerc and lost crucial time. This meant that he was unable to counter Verstappen for second place.
Shovlin added, “It certainly limited his potential because once he’d lost that chunk of time he had to push quite hard to recover it. It certainly pretty much consigned him to P3 as a best-case scenario.
“There wasn’t really a lot to fight for in his regard. But his car pace was good so that was encouraging to see and certainly his pace in qualifying was right on the money.”
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