Mercedes’ technology director, Mike Elliott, says Valtteri Bottas’ inability to get into a “positive spiral” in Baku is what ultimately saw him way off the pace.

Questions about Bottas’ future at Mercedes beyond the end of the 2021 season started to be asked again following what can only be described a weekend from hell for the Finn.

Throughout the whole weekend in Azerbaijan, Bottas did not finish higher than P10 in any session, while team-mate Lewis Hamilton – who was not without his own problems – managed to at least pose a threat to Red Bull come race day.

In Mercedes‘ latest post-race debrief, Elliott believes that confidence and difficulties with tyre warm-up ensured Bottas had a very tough Azerbaijan Grand Prix weekend.

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