"You look at their tyres, they have not had the problems we have today", Hamilton explained.
After the 2020 season began with four consecutive Mercedes victories, fears had grown that the Silver Arrows would run unopposed at the front of the order.
He said he was glad to have survived the race without a puncture and to have found some pace to claim second at the finish.
He finished third, also behind colleague Lewis Hamilton, and felt he had been dealt a poor hand by his team.
"As a team we were sleeping at some point when Max managed to get ahead of us and my strategy was far, far from ideal".
Wolff says the team was able to examine the tyres that came off the auto of Bottas, and having decided that there was still some life in them made the call to leave Hamilton out for as long as possible. Our stop was not flawless, but I was more or less side to side with Valtteri and had a tyre advantage, so I got past.
Three cars had suffered tyre failures at Silverstone last weekend, but Pirelli pressed ahead with a decision to introduce softer tyres running at higher pressures than previously, much to the concern of many teams.Читайте также: Un premier diagnostic de cancer chez un dinosaure, selon des chercheurs canadiens
"That middle stint, even in the first one, I started to fall back to Max". For me, the strategy was sub-optimal. Towards the end of the last stint I tried to push flat out, to create opportunities and I was catching him slightly, but then the tyres gave up completely. We are still yet to have all the debriefs.
'But I still think they would have won'.
Whilst the Dutch driver was able to coast through the race with his tyres in good condition, the Mercedes duo were finding it tougher as theirs began to blister after only a few laps.
"It's another one to learn from".
"His point was should we have done the opposite to Max. We'll try again next week".
'It was a massive challenge, ' Hamilton told Sky Sports.
Bottas - who slipped to third at the flag - echoed Verstappen's comments, saying there was a clear difference in the state of the tires on each vehicle at the end of the race. "They just struggled on the tires and then you can not push". Earlier in the race, he got in right behind the Mercedes duo of Hamilton and Bottas. "It's not clear. But when there is such a margin, as Max had, it was ours to settle for second and third and protect this position".При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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