Valtteri Bottas concedes only a miracle would see him challenge Lewis Hamilton for this year’s title after retiring from the Eifel Grand Prix.
Starting the race from pole position it initially looked as if Bottas was up for the fight on Sunday as he robustly fought Hamilton for the lead through the first two corners.
Bottas came out on top, not something that often happens when he races his team-mate wheel-to-wheel.
However, it came to nought when the Finn later locked up and ran wide, handing the lead to Hamilton.
Bottas, though, was determined to fight back only for his W11 to give up on him.
Losing power and begin to fall down the order, he pulled into the pits to retire his car.
— Mercedes-AMG F1 (@MercedesAMGF1) October 11, 2020
While Bottas took an early shower, Hamilton raced to his record-equalling 91st grand prix win, extending his lead in the title race to 69 points.
Bottas admits it is going to take a “miracle” to beat Hamilton.
“It’s disappointing, of course, very disappointing, and one of these things that you can’t do anything for,” he told Motorsport.com.
“Obviously I did have the lock-up before that.
“I think still I had all the chance for the win because that made me commit to a two-stop quite early, and I think a two-stop at the end was the best strategy.
“I knew there was all to play for, even after that lock-up in the drizzle. Then the engine thing, I couldn’t believe it.
“Now I understand the gap to Lewis is pretty big in terms of points. Definitely would need a miracle.
“But as always, [there is] no point to give up. You need to keep the bar high and keep trying. We’ll see.
“Disappointed is the best word.”
Sunday’s race win marked Hamilton’s seventh of this season whereas Bottas has only managed two, the Austrian and Russian Grands Prix.