The British Grand Prix has been quite positive for Mercedes. The Silver Arrows finished with a win by Lewis Hamilton and a third place for his teammate, even if this has not been a calm race for them. In the first laps, Max Verstappen was leading the race and Hamilton tried too much to overcome him and collided. The Briton received a ten-second penalty but he managed to win his home race anyway, while Bottas had to settle for the lowest step of the podium.
However, Valtteri Bottas thought he could have achieved more, though. The Finn lost a place at the start of the Grand Prix and he believes that was the weak point of the whole race for what it concerns him.
“The main issue for me today was losing a place at the start; it was the same yesterday so it's something we need to work on. – Bottas said – During the race, we only had one option when Lando had a slow pit-stop: we had to pit as well, even though we knew the second stint would be long, and that's how it proved - it was tough towards the end of the race with the tyres blistering badly.”
Even though he was hoping for a better placement, Bottas is excited to see the team gaining some precious points against Red Bull for the Championship and he praises rival teams for becoming so competitive but he does point out that Mercedes is not over working hard on their car and they could keep improving.
“It's good to see every member of the team fighting so hard for this championship. Today there were surprises everywhere - Ferrari looked very strong, McLaren were good on the Medium tyre so it's great for racing and for the fans. Overall, we've improved the car coming into this weekend but we know there is still work to do.”