At the start of the Russian Grand Prix, Mercedes’ plan to stop Max Verstappen failed after a light work by Red Bull Racing driver Voltaire Botas. The Dutch racer started running at the back of the grid, and with just a row ahead of the art, he was expected to slow down the charge of Versatapen to the grid.
The Red Bull driver finally finished the race behind the race winner Lewis Hamilton., Who started the race for the fourth position. Versatapen minimized the loss in the title race and entered the race in Turkey, embarrassed by the two-time British seven-time world champion.
Botas has now come under fire from fans and former F1 drivers for allowing Verstappen to pass without a fight. Damon Hill suggested that the Red Bull driver was only waved and allowed to enter the field, which eventually allowed him to climb to another after a sudden downpour with only five laps left.
“You can’t get away from the fact that the second-placed boy started running after him. [Bottas] And his teammate won the race, “Hill said. As quoted by the Daily Express.
“Voltaire, in the race, we were expecting him to defend a bit against Mercedes Corner against the Red Bull team and Versatile, but it looks like he’s just waving it.”
“Maybe he just didn’t want any trouble. It didn’t look like he was running. It was almost a gift for Max.”
However, not everyone bought a story about Botas which had an engine problem that forced it to start from the back of the grid. Tom Bellingham of WTF1 believes that Mercedes chose to start art at the back of the green to stop the progress of Versatopen, but it seems more beneficial if they allow Botha to go up. Would have
Bellingham said sarcastically, “Mercedes could have really done well with Botha between Hamilton and Verstapen at this stage of the race.