They explained all the reasons behind it, but it didn't work out, we didn't gain more points for the team, but it could have been an opportunity for Lewis.
Ferrari won the last of its 15 drivers' titles through Kimi Raikkonen in 2007, and the last of its 16 constructors' titles a year later.
Hours hours after Sebastian Vettel had held off his Mercedes rival Lewis Hamilton to win an exciting Bahrain Grand Prix on Sunday - the German driver's second victory in three races - Ferrari's chairman spoke with new-found confidence.
The victory was Vettel's second of the season after the four-time world champion won the opener in Australia, lifting him to 68 points, with Hamilton second on 61 thanks to winning in China last weekend. It brought an end to their fragile and acrimonious relationship, thus denying Hamilton a chance for revenge this year.
Hamilton had missed out on a seventh successive pole on Saturday, with Bottas beating him to it.
For Bottas, though, the team orders were far from welcome.
"It's probably one of the toughest things you can hear as a racing driver but that's life".
Bottas added: "The pace wasn't good and Sebastian [Vettel] put us under real pressure".More news: India ruling party leaders face trial in 1992 mosque attack
"Apologies to the team, but I tried my best to recover it". "Hopefully we can rely on the pace of our auto there rather than our use of the tyres".
Valtteri Bottas says despite Mercedes holding an advantage in qualifying trim he feels Ferrari now have the stronger race pace, but has warned it could all change next time out in Russian Federation. Meanwhile, Hamilton moved up to third place.
"I think there would have been a possibility", Bottas insisted. Exclusively my fault. Then you get the time lost in the pit lane. When I woke up and was waiting for the race my target was the win.
"Compared to past year, I've started the race".
It remains to be seen whether Hamilton, given how determined he is as a competitor, would have made way for Bottas if he had been asked, particularly given what happened in Abu Dhabi.
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He said: "They are strong in race trim and we particularly struggle with the rear end". But the situation is different now, so it needs a proper analysis of what it means and where we are.
But, regardless of how much he learns in Alabama, nothing will prepare him for what he'll get at Indianapolis Motor Speedway's mighty superspeedway, even if he has raced on its road course (best result: second to McLaren teammate Lewis Hamilton in 2007).