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Tire warm-up problem caused Bottas’ struggles in Imola qualifying

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

Valtteri Bottas’ weak performance in the Emilia Romagna GP Q3 may have been caused by a tire warm-up issue.

Last year’s Emilia Romagna GP polesitter Valtteri Bottas had a suprisingly bad performance as he qualified only 8th. The Finn himself admitted that he had had problems with the rear end of the car, while the team principal Toto Wolff insisted that difficulties with the tire warm-up caused the struggles.

“Valtteri was pretty good all weekend in Turn 2 and 3, but both drivers had a warm-up issue at the beginning of the lap,” Toto Wolff said.

“In Q1, once we were able to give Valtteri a second lap on the tire, to bring in the temperatures, he was really very good. I think the Q1 lap, second Q1 lap, would have gotten him on P4,” he added.

“So it’s a warm-up issue, and we know exactly what it is, and Valtteri knows. But nevertheless, he is in an OK position for the race tomorrow [on Sunday],” Wolff said in the conclusion.

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