Hamilton, Bottas, Wolff spent Spa stoppage in truck together

Date published: September 1 2021 - Finley Crebolder

Lewis Hamilton, Toto Wolff and Valtteri Bottas speak to the media. Italy October 2020

Lewis Hamilton, Valtteri Bottas and Toto Wolff got to spend some quality time together at Spa, sitting in a truck with one another.

A constant barrage of rain in Belgium suspended the start of the race with the FIA deeming the very wet track conditions too dangerous.

However, they held out hope that things would clear up and the grid thus spent a number of hours waiting around at the track for that to happen.

During that time, cameras captured a number of drivers trying to fill the time, with Lando Norris napping, Sebastian Vettel playing football with Mick Schumacher and Daniel Ricciardo getting a Mexican wave going in the crowd.

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Two that were nowhere to be seen were Hamilton and Bottas, and James Vowles has now confirmed that they spent the period getting cosy with their boss and other members of the team.

“Once the sessions kept getting delayed more and more and we were given a higher time scale we were able to let some of the guys go and warm up,” the team’s strategy director said in an online debrief.

“For example, I remember some using some of the heat guns in order to dry off their shoes because it was quite wet out there and in the case of ourselves, we stayed predominantly on the pit wall for certainly the first few hours, then migrated to the truck when we knew we had a half an hour window.

“Lewis was in there, Valtteri was in there and Toto was in there as well and we were able to have just a short catch-up and brief over what could happen going forward, review together the regulations to understand what was going to happen with the weather forecast and just really align the team again without being outside in the cold.

“But in these conditions, you are pretty much remaining race ready throughout. As you saw with the final bit of notice we were given ten minutes to get ready and if we were elsewhere or unprepared at that point you simply couldn’t get the car leaving in that period of time. Ten minutes is just enough time to get the driver to the car, bolted in and get ready to go.”

It’s unlikely that anything beyond 2021 was discussed in that period with it looking all but certain that George Russell will be replacing Bottas next year, with the Finn joining Alfa Romeo.