Bottas’ second flying lap ruined by Hamilton’s incident

SOCHI, RUSSIA – SEPTEMBER 25: Valtteri Bottas of Finland driving the (77) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes W12 during qualifying ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Russia at Sochi Autodrom on September 25, 2021 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas said he lost the opportunity to do a second flying lap due to Hamilton’s car being repaired.


  • Lewis Hamilton hit the pit wall on his way in and damaged his front wing.
  • Behind him was coming Valtteri Bottas, who had to wait for his teammate’s car to be repaired before going out, which cost him a second opportunity for a flying lap.

What he said:

  • “Some others [cars] came in earlier for the slicks and we had the issue in the pit lane with Lewis’s car, so we missed having two laps – we only had one and you need more than one lap to get the tires to work.”
  • “So I think a second lap would have been quite a big step. I think that’s the biggest difference and disappointment today.”
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