‘Bottas needs to drive a bit more at the edge’

Michelle Foster

With the points gap between himself and Lewis Hamilton on the rise, former F1 driver Mika Salo believes Valtteri Bottas needs to drive closer to the “edge.”

Bottas had a disappointing weekend in Montreal last time out.

The Finn qualified sixth and could only make up two places in the 70-lap grand prix.

As such he scored just 12 points, plus an extra one for fastest lap, while his team-mate and title rival Hamilton bagged the 25 for the win.

Having last won back in Baku while Hamilton has added three on the trot to his tally, Bottas trails his team-mate by 29 points.

Salo wasn’t impressed with Bottas’ driving in Canada and reckons the early season Bottas 2.0 needs to make a comeback.

GPBlog reports him having told Finland’s C More broadcaster: “He did not get past the slower cars and his pace was never good.

“It even seemed like he was saving the tyres. He drove so easily.

“That’s now two pretty bad losses to Hamilton in a row, in Monaco and Canada.

“The points different is going up.

“Yes, I think he needs to start driving a bit more at the edge.”

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