Bottas: The math says 'I can still theoretically win'

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Bottas: The math says 'I can still theoretically win'

The odds are stacked against Valtteri Bottas winning the 2021 title, but the Mercedes driver will continue to believe in his chances until the math tells him otherwise.

Bottas' dominant display in Turkey allow the Mercedes driver to secure his first win since Sochi in 2020. The Finn, who will leave the Brackley outfit at the end of the year to join Alfa Romeo, is third in the Drivers' standings, some 85 points adrift from championship leader Max Verstappen.

With just six rounds to go, it would take quite a reversal of fortune for Bottas to overhaul the Dutchman and his Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton, but as long as there's a mathematical chance, the ten-time Grand Prix winner is a believer.

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"Theoretically, I still have a chance," he told Motorsport.com. "But if I can’t be champion, let it be Lewis."

Although he has secured his future for the next two years, Bottas' sights are still firmly set on 2021.

"As I said a few weeks ago, the main focus is still on this year," he added. "We have a big task to tackle as a team. And I have to keep my head in the right place."

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Mercedes boss Toto Wolff commended Bottas on his flawless and "unbelievable" performance at Istanbul Park, and reckoned the Finn's win "may not be his last this season".

"He started with an easiness from pole and pulled away," Wolff said. "He was the quickest man on-track, the best in terms of tyre management.

"He kept it always under control, scored fastest lap. This is a 10 out of 10. It can play a vital role in the constructors’ championship, but also supporting Lewis.

"Because today, only Valtteri’s performance prevented Max to score eight more points."

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Hakkinen: Bottas and Perez roles becoming 'increasingly important'

Mika Hakkinen says the support roles played by Valtteri Bottas and Sergio Perez with their respective teams will... The post Hakkinen: Bottas and Perez roles becoming 'increasingly important' appeared first on F1i.com.

Hakkinen: Bottas and Perez roles becoming 'increasingly important'

Mika Hakkinen says the support roles played by Valtteri Bottas and Sergio Perez with their respective teams will become "increasingly important" in the final leg of the title fight between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen.

Bottas took a commanding win in Turkey following Hamilton's grid demotion that ruled the Briton out as a front-running contender at Istanbul Park.

However, Verstappen's runner-up spot in last Sunday's race, ahead of Perez who finished third, allowed the Dutchman to reclaim a six-point lead over Hamilton in the Drivers' standings.

Hakkinen believes the strong performance displayed in Turkey by Bottas and Perez suggests that the Mercedes and Red Bull number two drivers could have help determine the final outcome of this year's epic title battle.

"On a day when Lewis had to take a 10-place grid penalty as the result of an engine change, Valtteri did everything that his team could hope for," Hakkinen wrote in his Unibet column.

"Sergio has had some difficult races recently, so this was a great performance and good timing for the team.

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"As we move into the final six races in the World Championship I think that Valtteri and Sergio will come to play an increasingly important role in providing Lewis and Max with the right level of support and strategy options.

"Max only leads the world championship by six points, so with 156 points available during these final races the title could swing one way or the other very quickly."

Hakkinen was full of praise for Bottas' supreme performance in Turkey, insisting his countryman had achieved perhaps one of the best races in his career.

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"Valtteri showed great skill in managing the intermediate tyres which were used throughout the race due to the damp conditions," said the two-time world champion. "Particularly at the start of the race and then again after his pit stop.

"It is so easy to destroy the grip levels on a set of intermediates by pushing too hard straight from the pits, which is what happened to both Lewis and Charles Leclerc later in the race.

"Valtteri just focused on beating Max off the start-line, protecting his tyres until they were ready to be pushed, and drove a perfect race.

"There is no doubt that this was one of his best victories in F1, so I am not surprised at how happy he and Mercedes were after the race."

Hakkinen added that Bottas' victory, coupled with Mercedes' 1-2 performance in qualifying suggests that the Brackley squad's W12 has an edge over Red Bull-Honda's RB16B.

"What is also clear from the weekend is that the Mercedes car has moved ahead of the Red Bull in terms of performance," commented the Finn.

"Lewis and Valtteri were quickest in qualifying, and Max is admitting that Red Bull have some work to do if they are to win this World Championship."

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