Bottas had to let Lewis Hamilton pass twice obeying radio instructions during Sunday’s Bahrain Grand Prix to let the faster Hamilton through to chase down Sebastian Vettel.
Toto Wolff. confessed “We don’t like that, at all, It’s not what we have done in the last couple of years but the situation is different now so it needs a proper analysis of what it means and where we are.”
Mercedes over the years have never had a designated No1 driver, and Wolff said the desire was to give both men equal opportunity at the start of the race.
The team won all but two races last season but are no longer the dominant force in the 2017 championship. Vettel has now won two of three races and is seven points clear of Hamilton at the top.
Bottas, who was a replacement in January for current world champion Nico Rosberg, is 23 points behind Hamilton and Wolff said the situation at Ferrari had to be taken into consideration. “That is the interesting question that we need to analyse at the moment,” he added.
The disparity between the Mercedes pairing is more marked than before, with Bottas yet to win a race and Hamilton surpassed only by Michael Schumacher in the all-time lists with 54 victories.
The Finn is also still settling into his new surroundings, whereas Hamilton has been there since 2013 and is the sport’s biggest personality.
Hamilton had been on pole for six races in a row until Bottas broke the sequence in Bahrain and Wolff said Mercedes appeared to be still slightly ahead of Ferrari on single lap pace.