Toto Wolff welcomed Valtteri Bottas’ fiery radio comments during the French Grand Prix, but insisted the one-stop strategy was the correct call.
Bottas started the race in third and had been running closely behind the two frontrunners at the start, but faded badly in the closing stages of the race and lost out to Sergio Perez and finished fourth.
With his tyres clearly worse for wear in the final stages, Bottas shouted over team radio that the team did not listen to him about going for the two-stop strategy, a strategy that Max Verstappen utilised perfectly on his way to victory.
Speaking after the race, Wolff said that it was good for the Finn to speak his mind in such circumstances.
“I loved it, that he speaks his mind now, and doesn’t internalise,” he said. “We still believe the one-stop was the better strategy
“But when fighting so strong after the stop, we just stretched the tyre, stressed the tyres too much to make it all the way to the end.”
Bottas has had a tough start to the year, finishing on the podium just three times so far, but Wolff said he was impressed with the nine-time winner’s pace in France.
“I still think that he delivered a good race to be honest, because he was right up there with Lewis and Max for large parts of the race,” he added.
“I think the development goes in the right direction, to be honest. Yes, there is still a part, or a gap in tyre management. But we’ll look at it in detail in the next few days.
“But I see a real progression with how Valtteri tackles the races, and qualifying, we never doubted.”