Alfa Romeo’s Valtteri Bottas explained what mistake cost him his P5 finish at the Miami Grand Prix.

The Finnish driver finished 7th as he made a mistake through the closing stages of the race after the Safety Car. Bottas admitted missing his braking point as Mercedes’ George Russell closed in on him after he had pitted for fresh tires.

“Everything was going really smoothly, I was hoping for that kind of race, until the safety car,” Bottas explained.

“But then George had the possibility to stop for fresh mediums and he was really closing in quickly.

“As he was overtaking Lewis, I was kind of following them in the mirrors, because they were getting pretty close and I was thinking I might have to close the door or something, and I just braked a fraction too late.

“I missed the apex just a tiny bit, and then I got onto the dirty tarmac and, even though I was going slowly, I understeered into the wall. Luckily it didn’t break anything or give me a puncture.”

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