Bottas – lock-up led to first lap mess

Valtteri Bottas says that a mistake under braking, more precisely the fact that he locked up one of his wheels going into the first corner led to the entire mess from the first lap.

“It was tough, not what I expected, obviously far from it,”

“After the first lap it was a bit of a mess and I knew that it was going to be tricky for sure. I tried everything I could but that’s how it goes sometimes. I was trying to brake as late and as hard as I could. I was trying to get to the outside of Max but got a bit of a nick there with the lock-up on the front right, and with the flatspots I gained a bit of understeer in the left hand corners.

“So in the middle of Turn 2 already I had some understeer and that made it tricky for Turn 3 when Lewis came and Charles came, and we had the contacts and lost a big piece of front wing.”

Bottas said he struggled in seeing Leclerc coming in his mirrors but was expecting an attack after a poor corner exit out of Turn 3.

“I couldn’t really see him coming, I struggled to see him in the mirrors so that made it a bit more tricky,” he explained.

“I knew I had a bit run coming out of the corner so I knew somebody could be coming but it happened pretty quick.”

Bottas had a difficult day,  the eighth win of the season for Hamilton means the Finn is now 62 points behind his teammate in the drivers championship.

Foto-credit: Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport F1

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