Toto Wolff says it's too early to sacrifice Valtteri Bottas in Lewis Hamilton title fight

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    Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff says it’s too early in the season to “sacrifice” Lewis Hamilton’s team-mate Valtteri Bottas as they battle Red Bull for the Drivers’ and Constructors titles this season. However, the Austrian was unable to rule out the possibility of it happening in the future.

    Bottas has had a torrid start to his 2021 season. The Finn has so far been unable to finish higher than third in a race, with two DNFs to his name, and currently sits 72 points behind championship leader Max Verstappen.

    However, Bottas remains adamant his bad start bears no reflection on any potential delays in his contract talks, and it’s currently all business as usual at Mercedes.

    But it looks like the Finn’s championship-winning chances have slipped away from him, with Bottas sitting fifth in the standings as the title battle heats up between Hamilton and Verstappen up front.

    Despite this, Mercedes boss Wolff said it was too early in the season to panic and, when asked if a driver – essentially Bottas – could be sacrificed in the title fight, he told Sky Sports F1, “No, I think it’s much too early.”

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