Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas has said he did not enjoy the Azerbaijan Grand Prix and wants to quickly move on, after being well off the pace all weekend.
12th place was Bottas’ first finish out of the points since Turkey last year, but his third points-less round this season, after retiring in Imola and Monaco. Following the dismal performance in Baku, Bottas has said he wants to move on from the event as quickly as possible.
“It was not fun,” Bottas said.
“It’s been actually quite a similar feeling to qualifying and I don’t quite understand. Clearly, we don’t have enough pace. I could see at the beginning of the race, it was just tricky to keep up with the cars ahead, and especially – I think it was one of the Aston Martin’s, and they were clearly faster.”
“One of the weak points for our car this season has been tire warm-up and on the Safety Car restart, I felt like a sitting duck and there were cars coming past me left and right”
“So I think tire warm-up is one big thing, especially on the front axle, but other than that, even when the tires were operating well after 10 laps or something, we were still not fast enough, and it’s been the same feeling all weekend.”
This is Bottas’ worst start to a season since 2016, when he scored 29 points for Williams in the first six races. He will hope to return to the points paying spots in France, where Formula 1 next heads on June 20.