Bottas makes fun of Red Bull over 'party mode' change
Valtteri Bottas poked fun at Red Bull after Mercedes again ran away with another front-row lock-out despite the recently hyped 'party mode' ban.
Lewis Hamilton claimed the 94th pole position of his career ahead of the Italian Grand Prix by setting the fastest lap in Formula 1 history, with Bottas finishing just 0.069secs adrift to give Mercedes its first front-row lock-out at Monza since 2016.
Much of the talk in the build-up to this weekend had centred on the FIA issuing a technical directive outlawing the so-called 'party mode' with regard to engine power, forcing all teams to run the same out across qualifying and the race. It is understood Red Bull were the architects of the change.
Asked whether Mercedes had missed the change, Bottas said: "The car feels good, the engine felt good, and like I've said before, it should be even better in the race."
Cheekily, Bottas then added: "Not sure how happy Red Bull is now with this engine change," which left Hamilton chuckling in the background.
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