Bottas admits turn 1 crash was his fault

Formula One – Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport, Hungarian GP 2021. Valtteri Bottas. Credits: Daimler.

Valtteri Bottas believes that he is to blame for the opening lap incident at the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Sunday’s race at Hungaroring started with a big incident in turn 1, which started after the contact between Bottas and Norris. The Finn got a 5-place grid penalty for the Belgian GP for causing a collision. After the shunt, he spoke about what had happened.

Obviously my mistake. I was the one coming from behind, and it’s up to me to brake early enough,” he said. “But I misjudged the braking point. It shows it’s not so easy in those conditions to brake, but I should have braked earlier.

“When I started braking I was closing in, and then I locked the wheels and I hit Lando and that caused the whole mess. 

“It was hard to judge where to brake. And when I did, I quite quickly noticed it was too late and then after that, there’s nothing you can do. Just calculating the braking point, trying to figure out how much grip you have, it’s not easy.”

The Mercedes driver revealed that a bad start, caused by the wheelspin, could have led to the mistake.

“Possibly a little bit. You lose a little bit the sense of where you actually compared to Turn 1. But that’s racing, and I should have braked earlier,” he added.

“It is hard with the spray and not exactly knowing how much grip there is, especially when you are right behind someone you lose quite a bit of grip.

“We have certain kind of targets where to drop the clutch for inters, for dries, for wets.

“For inters, I hit the target, but I still got the wheelspin. In the formation lap, I didn’t have the wheelspin.

“And I could see that I lost some temperature of the tires in the formation lap. That could be the cause, but yeah, we’ll have a look.”

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