After qualifying in P2, making it one of his best performances in 2021, Valtteri Bottas was positive regarding tomorrow’s race, thinking there is “all to play for” during the event.
Bottas already showed great confidence on Friday, putting his single-seater on top of the FP2 timesheet. The Finnish driver then finished a few tenths behind teammate Lewis Hamilton in FP3 but still proved his credibility and ambitions for the weekend.
On Saturday, Bottas managed to put his name in second position, allowing Mercedes to secure a tremendously precious front-row lockout. The Mercedes driver will start the Grand Prix on mediums and will therefore be under the direct threat of Max Verstappen who will start on the softest compounds. However, a good impulsion could possibly give the Finn an early overtaking opportunity on Hamilton.
Talking about his performance and what he is expecting ahead of Sunday’s race, Bottas was motivated and thinks he still has everything to play for. The 31-year-old also pointed out the grip difference between the soft and the medium tires, revealing another tricky aspect of the very demanding Hungarian Grand Prix.
“In Q2 I lost the rythm slightly with the Medium tires, so it wasn’t easy to get back with the soft tires, the grip difference was pretty big but yeah it’s a front row lockout,” Bottas pointed out.
“Tomorrow is going to be exciting. All to play for. I’m looking forward to it.”