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Valtteri Bottas “couldn’t trust” his car after weak qualifying

Valtteri Bottas at the Emilia Romagna GP. Credits: Daimler.

Valtteri Bottas has shared his dissatisfaction with how the car behaves as struggles continue at Imola.

Everything seemed to be good for Valtteri Bottas throughout the Emilia Romagna GP qualifying, but when it all came down to the final qualifying shootout, the Finn had struggles with his Mercedes W12 car. All in all, Bottas qualified only 8th, nearly half a second away from the polesitter and his teammate Lewis Hamilton. After the session, he spoke about the performance.

“Not what I was aiming for today, especially with the feeling starting qualifying, and how everything was feeling,” he said.

“Q3 first run I went into Turn 2 and I had a really sudden snap from the rear end and it really continued through sector 1 and I lost a lot of time. And actually, it was the same thing in run 2,” he added.

Bottas also expressed that he struggled with the car quite a lot, especially with the rear part of it.

“It was never there – I couldn’t trust the rear end of the car, and it was something that I didn’t feel in the whole qualifying before that. So I don’t know what happened, we need to investigate, but for sure it’s disappointing,” he remarked.

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