Bottas was quickest in both practice sessions at the Yas Marina Circuit on Friday, but will start Sunday’s race at the back of the grid, having brought a fresh Mercedes engine to Abu Dhabi.
While putting together long-run simulations, he made a last-gasp lunge up the inside of Grosjean, who turned sharply into the corner, having seemingly not seen the Mercedes in his mirrors.
Valtteri Bottas thought he had room to overtake on the inside
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“Unfortunately a lot of damage on the Haas and also for us,” Wolff told Sky Sports. “I think Valtteri made that move on Gasly a few laps a few laps before and it’s always… for me, I completely don’t get this consecutive lap thing, that everybody seems to be blocking everybody.
“But Valtteri certainly came from far back, so I think the majority of responsibility [is] on us.
“I think we were much faster and probably he thought that Grosjean realised it too and would have left the door open but, yeah…”