The moments immediately following the accident that somehow decided the outcome of the British GP are being enriched with further and interesting background, including Lewis Hamilton is Max Verstappen. Analyzing the radio communications following the contact between the two contenders for the world title, it is possible to highlight the importance that the figure of Valtteri Bottas. The Finn, who came to find himself behind Hamilton after the Verstappen exit in the gravel and the overtaking operated by Leclerc on the seven-time world champion, was in fact able to provide Mercedes with a first rough estimate of the conditions of the W12 # 44.
The indication to the native of Nastola to check for any damage on his teammate’s car came directly from the pits, this is the exchange between Bottas and his track engineer.
Shovlin (Mercedes): “The red flag saved Hamilton from retirement”
Mercedes: “Lewis up front has some damage. Keep the delta positive “.
Mercedes: “Valtteri, if you can go alongside Lewis, without passing him, see if you can see any damage on his car. Just stay behind“.
Bottas: “Do you say on the left side?“.
Mercedes: “I think it should be the left side, yeah”.
Bottas: “I honestly don’t see much. Maybe a few small pieces of the front wing but … “.
Mercedes: “Thank you. You stay out [dai box]”.
Brundle: “Red Bull telemetry nails Hamilton”
At the same time Hamilton himself, rather worried after contact with his rival, is warned of the particular ‘check’ in progress. Meanwhile, even from the pit wall they look out, when the car passes, to try to control the situation directly.
Hamilton: “The car runs, but there is definitely something, I don’t know “.
Mercedes: “Valtteri is taking a look. Stay out for the moment. Stay out. Valtteri cannot overtake you. Stay out. I think the car is ok, let’s take a look“.
After the race Andrew Shovlin admitted that Hamilton should have retired without a red flag, but the help requested in this particular juncture from Bottas demonstrates once again how important, even in these small details, the contribution that the Finn is making to the Brackley team.