What did Popov say?
“After Monaco, the first thing he (Wolff) said was that because Bottas didn’t line up right, the mechanics couldn’t get the wheel off in the pitstop,” he said.
“Then it turned out that he had lined up better than almost everyone else.”
“That alone isn’t so bad, but it seems that when Hamilton makes a mistake, Toto says ‘no, no, he accidentally flicked a switch’ and ‘it wasn’t a mistake because he was forced to by Perez’”, the Russian argues.
Situation at Mercedes more like a joke
Popov also mentions that due to this difference between the ways the two drivers are treated, the situation is almost comical in a way (except for Bottas).
“Honestly, everyone has started to laugh at this,” the Russian insists.
“Not Bottas, of course, because he feels more and more like an outcast at the team. Whatever he does, it’s his fault. If something goes well for him, it’s thanks to the team,” he concluded.
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