After a dramatic British Grand Prix, and two DNF's for the Swiss-based squad, Valtteri Bottas spoke about the cause of his retirement when in the fight for points.
"I had a gearbox issue, don’t know further details yet, I had a couple of downgraded upshifts and then pretty soon they called me in having to prevent further damage, so, some kind of issue with the gearbox." The Finnish driver did emphasize that the team has to work in solving the car’s reliability issues."
Bottas saw the scary accident involving his teammate from his cockpit after starting behind him.
"I saw him in turn 1 just upside down, sliding so yeah, then I was sweaty for him being fine, luckily, the accident was a big thing for us as a team, otherwise it was disappointing and for me it was definitely a race for big opportunity to get solid points with all the things happening, so it was unfortunate."
After speaking about the main points of the race for the number 77, he was asked about the protestors that invaded the track, and this is what the Finn said:
"Yes I did, it was really weird, like seeing people on track, it’s pretty dangerous if someone would’ve lost it there, there was people you know? So yeah, I’m glad it didn’t happen again."
Bottas also mentioned that there needs to be more security in order to avoid these things to happen in the future and assured this shouldn’t have happened.
Afterwards, the Finnish driver was also asked about his opinion on the halo saving 2 lives on the Sunday race, to what he answered:
"I agree and I think everyone agrees, so it’s a great thing that has happened to F1 and the safety in general so, that is good."
When asked for the positives of the weekend, Bottas said that for Alfa Romeo the first and more important thing was that Zhou came out fine from his horrendous accident “the main positive thing was that my teammate is fine, you know?” He also mentioned that despite having to retire his car due to a gearbox issue, he considers his pace was good and is feeling positive facing the Styrian Grand Prix the upcoming weekend: "Honestly, the race pace is good, it really felt like I had a good pace so that is positive, the pace at a high speed track was a bit unknown for us, it was actually not that bad and I think we are gonna be competitive in Austria."