Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has fired a fierce warning to Valtteri Bottas after he was beaten by Lewis Hamilton at the Italian Grand Prix.
Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc clung onto his pole position to claim a second win of the season in Monza.
But Hamilton put the pressure on his rival throughout the duration of the race.
Bottas also had his chance to overtake the leading Ferrari but he was not able to turn the screw like his team-mate.
And Wolff is unhappy with the Finn’s effort to overtake the race leader.
“It looks like he struggles a little bit when he gets in the wake of the car to extract the maximum,” Wolff said of Bottas’ lock-up when chasing Leclerc.
“Lewis in that position is able to somehow get closer and put himself in a position to go for a move.
“It’s something he [Bottas] has got to work on but on the positive side his racing was great today. He was really fast. Probably in pure race time the fastest car.”
Mercedes extended their Constructors’ Championship lead over Ferrari to 154 points by securing two podium places.
But Wolff is fears his drivers may not have the best car on the grid.
“I think we knew that we didn’t have the right package for Spa and Monza,” Wolff said.
“Actually second and third was an optimum result for us on the grid, and I said before if we would finish the race in these positions, we’d probably take it.
“As racers now, at the end, obviously there’s the feeling of – not entire happiness.
“You’re trying to follow a car, DRS wide open, a long straight, and you’re not able to come anywhere close.
“That is obviously a feeling like not fighting with the right weapons here.”
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