Valtteri Bottas executed an ideal successful technique in Saturday’s dash qualifying race, however that does not change the Mercedes driver’s destiny for the beginning of the Italian Grand Prix tomorrow.
The Finn topped Friday’s qualifying and began at this time’s 18-lap occasion from the pinnacle of the sphere. A great begin saved him forward of Purple Bull’s Max Verstappen into flip 1, and he went on to win the race.
However whereas the ending order units the grid for the principle race tomorrow, Bottas will nonetheless begin from pit lane after the crew opted to incur penalties for restocking his stockpile of engine elements.
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“It has been an ideal weekend thus far and now I’ve a grid penalty,” the Finn sighed after the tip of at this time’s dash. “That occurs.
“For certain it is annoying. We’ve executed good [over the] final two days, with good efficiency, and you then sort of re-set fully for the day after and also you begin from the again.
“These are issues which can be out of my palms,” he continued. “I’m not going to waste an excessive amount of vitality or be too destructive about it, as a result of there’s completely nothing I can do about it.
“The one factor I can do is strive my greatest and go full gasoline tomorrow.” Nonetheless he does maintain on to the factors for successful at this time. “At the least I acquired just a few factors – each level counts for me personally, and for us as a crew.”
“It’s good to see that we’ve got good velocity from the automobile right here, good tempo, and I’ll be combating tomorrow, going as excessive as I can tomorrow.
“Something is feasible. When you on the race final 12 months, what occurred, you by no means know so I’ll maintain pushing.”
With Bottas having introduced he is leaving Mercedes for Alfa Romeo on the en dof the present season, the crew’s focus is understandably on throwing the whole lot behind Lewis Hamilton’s bid for an eighth title.
However issues did not go in response to plan for the reigning world champion at this time, with wheel spin costing him three locations initially.
He’ll now go into the Grand Prix from fourth place on the grid, with Verstappen trying more likely to lengthen his present 5 level lead within the drivers championship.
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