Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff has conceded rivals Red Bull has a “strategic advantage” going into today’s Emilia Romagna Grand Prix at Imola despite Lewis Hamilton starting the race from pole position.
It is Bottas’ worst grid position since last year’s Turkish Grand Prix, where he started ninth in what was the only race that season where he started lower than fourth.
Wolff explained: “Both drivers had warm-up issues at the beginning of the lap. In Q1, once we were able to give Valterri a second lap on the tyre to bring in the temperatures he was really very good. “
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