Toto Wolff pins blame on Valtteri Bottas for Monaco pitstop fiasco that ended his race

According to Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff, Valtteri Bottas should take partial blame for his early retirement during the Monaco Grand Prix.

Right from the start of the race, Bottas was running second. He then came in for a routine pitstop on lap 29 when disaster struck.

While his tyres were being changed, his front-right wheel nut got lodged into the car. As a result, his tyre was not able to come out which left him with no other option other than to retire.

Bottas’ front-right wheel nut getting jammed. Source:

The angle of approach is to blame

Wolff seems to think that Bottas’ angle of approach was one of the contributing reasons for the entire debacle.

“Valtteri stopped a little too early,” Wolff told Auto Motor und Sport.

“This meant that the mechanic had to apply the impact wrench at an angle. The awkward angle damaged the wheel nut and we couldn’t bring it down.”

Valtteri Bottas after his race. Source:

Mercedes now trails Red Bull

The incident was a nail in the coffin for the German outfit as they are now behind rivals Red Bull in the Constructor’s championship by a single point.

The Monaco Grand Prix was a major setback for Mercedes as their ace driver Lewis Hamilton finished seventh. As a result, he now trails behind Max Verstappen by four points in the Drivers’ championship.

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  1. Tracy L Warner May 25, 2021

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