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Mercedes F1 boss Toto Wolff has called on Valtteri Bottas to regroup after 'throwing away' his chance of a podium in the Chinese Grand Prix with a clumsy off in damp conditions under the safety car.

The Finn held his third place starting position in the wet early stages of race, but had slipped to sixth after being stacked behind team-mate Lewis Hamilton in the pit-lane as the drivers came in en masse under the safety car to change to slick rubber.

However, just as the race was preparing to get underway again, Bottas lost control of the Mercedes W08 coming out of turn ten whilst warming the tyres, dropping him to 12th.

Though he made progress thereafter to get himself back up to sixth at the chequered flag, only three seconds off the podium, Wolff was disappointed to see a better result go missing.

"Valtteri threw it away behind the safety car," he told Sky Sports F1. "It had to be the best it was very slippery out there and this is where he lost it when the race was gone. He just needs to recover from that now.

Despite this, Wolff says the error will be forgotten and was otherwise pleased his raw pace, which he says was relative to race winner Lewis Hamilton.

"It's his second race into the season, there's 18 more left. We'll analyse it and forget it.

"You could see during the race that he had the pace. He was doing Lewis' lap times at various stages in the race, but once you're losing so many positions and you're not in the leading pack any more, you have to recover mentally and that's very difficult. He certainly has the character to recover from such a situation."

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