When qualifying ruins the race
One of the weak Grand Prix for Valtteri Bottas.
Last Sunday in Canada the Finn Valtteri Bottas finished the racing weekend on P4. After mistake in qualifying, where Bottas set the 6th time, he, unfortunately, couldn’t improve his results much in the race.
For Canadian Grand Prix Mercedes planned the introduction of updates and brought new engines in Montreal, for both its drivers and Mercedes clients Williams and Racing Point. In FP3 the engine on Lance Stroll car caught fire that was the first sign of the problems of new Mercedes power unit.
Both Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas had the same technical issue in Canadian race – overheating of the car. The start of the race was quite tough for the Finn: Valtteri was attacked by Nico Hulkenberg in Turn 2 and lost the position. Bottas spent most time of the race behind Red Bull and Renault, trying to overtake them. However, the problem with increasing temperature of engine and brakes didn't allow him to do it: every time Valtteri tried to overtake, he had to slow down.
According to the driver, the pace of the car was great outside of the traffic, so the team decided to make a pit stop on the last laps of the race, putting Soft tyres, to get an extra point for the fastest lap. So, Bottas managed to set the best time – 1:13.078, and improve his results.
However, despite some issues with new engine and overheating, Valtteri blames only himself and his poor performance in qualifying.
"I was really confident but I made some mistakes in Q3 and that cost me quite a lot of points," – Bottas said.
"I can be happy with fourth as I made a couple of places and got the extra point for the fastest lap. But I can’t really afford weekends like that if I want to fight for the championship."
Canada was a first race this season for Valtteri, where he didn’t get a podium. Currently, Bottas is 29 points behind Hamilton, taking second place in the Driver Standings.
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