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United States GP was “difficult” for Bottas

Valtteri Bottas reported that he struggled to fight through the field in Sunday’s US GP, and that it was “not the strongest weekend”.

Details:

  • Bottas’ chances at the US GP already took a blow after the Finn took an engine penalty before the race, forcing him to start 9th on the grid.
  • He struggled to surpass the cars in front of him as he had predicted prior to the race.
  • Bottas crossed the finish line in sixth place, having lost a vast amount of time to his teammate and the Red Bull cars at the peak of the field.

What he had to say:

  • “It was difficult, like I expected. What made it more tricky in the first stint was being behind the AlphaTauris and not being able to get by. [I] obviously lost quite a bit of time. Unfortunately, there was no help of a Safety Car today.”
  • “I made some progress, but it was slow. Making progress was difficult and we knew it would be, because of the temperatures here and the characteristics of the track.”
  • “Not the strongest weekend for us, but in free air, the car felt good, and there are plenty of learnings we can take forward as a team.”
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