Bottas admits recovery drive at Sochi was challenging

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

Valtteri Bottas reveals that charging through the field during the Russian GP has been difficult.

Why it matters: The Mercedes driver started last Sunday’s race at the back of the grid due to the engine change.


  • Bottas expected that he would go through the field like he did at Monza.
  • The Finn supposed that understeer led to his struggles.

What he had to say:

  • “It was lot more difficult for me than I thought it would be, just to come through the field. I thought it was going to be like in Monza, but it was a lot more difficult.”
  • “Like Max for example, he was able to progress much better than me. I don’t know. Mainly what I struggled with was big understeer, and this was when I got close and I couldn’t get to overtaking distance.”
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