Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton this season are making a big difference to the box mates Sergio Perez and Valtteri Bottas. The latter only in Qualifying is sometimes close to the performance of the seven-time world champion, then decidedly more effective in the race. The Dutch, on the other hand, for the Mexican is undeniable both Saturday and Sunday. In any case, in the last few races it seemed that Sergio Perez is able to offer a more substantial contribution to Red Bull than that of Valtteri Bottas.
According to Jacques Villeneuve, the contractual aspect also plays a fundamental role in this dynamic: “Bottas gave Lewis a big hand in Hungary – the words of the Canadian interviewed by La Gazzetta dello Sport – however we see the difference this year between him and Hamilton who had to raise the bar. We knew that Perez wasn’t at Verstappen’s level, but it took him a long time to get to the point of helping Max. However, he has improved lately also because he has a contract for next year, while bottas go away. If he can, Valtteri aims to make a good result for himself, he doesn’t really want to help the team. And you notice “. In Qatar, the former Williams driver was penalized by three positions on the starting grid and then lost many positions when the traffic lights went out. Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff tried to cheer him on via radio, a message Bottas did not like. Finally, the puncture definitively compromised the race of the Finn, who then retired. Disappointed by the zero and another weekend where he chewed bitter Bottas then stated that his Mercedes W12 was not identical to the one that is allowing Lewis Hamilton to fly this season finale. An almost separate situation at home that could penalize Mercedes in the run-up to the world championship.