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Wolff confident in Bottas recovery

29th July 2019, 19:41 by Neil Foster

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff feels Valtteri Bottas missed a trick in Germany but is adamant he will bounce straight back.

Bottas was in line for a top-three finish at the weekend before crashing out with eight laps to go to complete a poor weekend for Mercedes at Hockenheim.

Lewis Hamilton finished 11th but was promoted to ninth after the Alfa Romeo cars were demoted, and actually increased his lead over Bottas in the race for the title.

Max Verstappen took the chequered flag for his second grand prix triumph of 2019 but, for Wolff, it was a case of what might have been for his driver.

"I think in his championship battle he could have had a decent amount of points today to catch up to Lewis," he told Crash.net.

"Whether it was 12, 15 or 18 points but I think it should have been 18 points and I think that would have been a jump but it did not happen."

Hamilton sits at the top of the F1 standings, with Bottas second and Verstappen third, with the high-octane sport moving on to Hungary this weekend.

Bottas will hope to register some points to get his challenge back on track and Wolff has tipped him to do just that.

"You need to come back strong even from this very low and Valtteri has shown in the past that he has been able to do that," he added.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Neil Foster is an experienced journalist who specialises in cricket and rugby union. Neil also has a solid knowledge of tennis, golf and football.

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