Valtteri Bottas wasn’t overly happy together with his third-place end within the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix, after a gradual pit cease and what he referred to as a “passive” technique prevented him from becoming a member of the battle for victory between Max Verstappen and eventual winner Lewis Hamilton.
Whereas the Bahrain GP was a scintillating contest up entrance, Bottas drove a lonely race to P3 as he was handed by Charles Leclerc firstly and pitted a lap earlier than Max Verstappen, with a subsequent Lap 30 cease taking on 10 invaluable seconds because of a gradual right-front tyre becoming.
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After the race, Bottas dissected Mercedes’ option to pit him simply after Hamilton on two events, somewhat than have him keep out lengthy – as he was informed was the plan over the radio – on his second stint to problem pole-sitter Max Verstappen on the finish of the race.
“I truly needed to go lengthy within the second stint, to have extra recent tyres within the final stint,” he stated. “We’re going to overview it. My feeling was that we have been extra passive than aggressive at this time, for me, which is the alternative that we should always have been however we’ll take a look at what we should always have performed higher.
Valtteri Bottas: Mercedes ‘extra passive than aggressive’ at Bahrain GP
“We managed to have two automobiles [at the front] and that method we additionally had completely different tyre selection, so we may actually play with the technique, however I nonetheless suppose from my aspect there ought to have been extra to get at this time,” he added.
The Finn additionally rued the time he misplaced on the second pit-stop as he spent 10 seconds stationary, the Mercedes pit crew having needed to jack his automobile up twice to get the right-front tyre fitted appropriately. Nevertheless, he stopped once more late on for a profitable shot at clinching Quickest Lap with recent rubber.
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“I imply, after all, on the primary lap I misplaced one place to the Ferrari with the tender tyres,” he started. “In order that was a little bit of a time loss, and a much bigger time loss on the gradual cease. And in case you abruptly lose 10 seconds, racing in opposition to Max and Lewis you’re not going to get that again driving-wise.
“So , unlucky, however we obtained the quickest lap on the finish so that’s an additional level, and extra factors than Crimson Bull,” he added.
Bottas took 16 factors by ending third (with a bonus level for Quickest Lap) and thus sits third within the championship behind Verstappen on 17 factors, as April’s race at Imola beckons.