F1 2021: Black flag for Bottas: Criticism comes from all angles
Posted On April 29, 2021
Mdriver ercedes Valtteri Bottas occupies fifth place in the Formula 1 World Drivers’ Championship, well behind his teammate Lewis hamilton, and it has recently received criticism from all walks of life.
The Finn’s performance fell short of expectations and observers did not hold back.
Villeneuve on Bottas crash with Russell
Former driver Jacques Villeneuve said that Bottas is too slow and pessimistic about the future.
“It’s not going to get better, because it’s just too slow”, Villeneuve told F1-Insider, before discussing the crash with George russell in Imola.
“If he wasn’t [too slow] he wouldn’t have had to defend his position so harshly against a Williams.
“Bottas knew exactly that his potential successor was about to overtake him and risked a serious accident with his short movement to the right. “
Ralf Schumacher has his say
Villeneuve is not the only one to have criticized Bottas‘performance, with Ralf schumacher telling Sky Deutschland he hasn’t been at his best.
“In general, he must ask himself why he had to defend himself against a Williams while running deep into the midfield, “said Schumacher.
“It was at a similar level to Hamilton several times, but it is far away at the moment.
“There must be more to come of him, otherwise he will be quickly sidelined.”
Wolff’s surprise review
same BottasThe team leader admitted that things were not going well for him.
“The race did not go well,” Toto Wolff told Sky Italia.
“He backs up.
“He’s not fast enough now.”
Massa highlights mental failures
Meanwhile, former F1 driver Felipe massa speculated that Bottas“The disorders are psychological.
“I think Bottas“Performance is linked to a mental problem”, Pulp told La Gazzetta dello Sport.
“It’s not easy to compare yourself to a champion like Lewis hamilton.
“It is the same Vettel, too much. Both are in a delicate situation. “
Whatever the reason, it is clear that Bottas must find a way to turn things around and respond to his criticisms, before it’s too late.