Valtteri Bottas He hasn’t had a good time so far this season. Since winning in the inaugural GP of the course, in Austria, the Finn has been diluted before the enormous superiority shown by his teammate, Lewis Hamilton. The Nordic racked up criticism for his passivity against his leader, with some errors such as his bad start from pole in the 70th anniversary GP, or for not being able to do anything in qualifying against a Hamilton who faced the race this Sunday with 8 poles in 10 races, for only two of Valtteri. In addition, many blamed him for his little aggressiveness in the starts, warning on many occasions in which he started second that he was going to try to snatch the first place from Lewis, always failing his later attempt on Sundays. In this way, Valtteri He came to Russia 55 points behind Hamilton, having seen how Lewis had won 6 of the 9 previous races. That is why, at this Russian GP, just after crossing the finish line and achieving his second victory of the season, Bottas I had a message to give on the radio: “To my critics, who are interested, I j …”said the Nordic.
Later, James Allison, technical director of Mercedes, referred to the words of Bottas in statements to ‘Movistar F1’: “Valtteri cares about it a lot. He is a boy who has had some bad luck this season and it is very good for him to get such a good result ”.
Keep dreaming about the title
Later, already focused on his celebration, he took advantage of the interview prior to the podium ceremony, at the foot of the track, to ensure that he is not going to give up in his fight for the F1 title against Hamilton.
“Without a doubt, it is good to get a victory. Long ago the last (since the Austrian GP, in July) and now we must maintain this positive inertia. I was able to take points away from Lewis. There are a few races yet. You never know. I’m not going to give up and will keep pushing “added Valtteri Bottas, who assured that after overtaking Verstappen at the start, and chasing after Hamilton with better strategy on the medium tire, he knew he would have a chance to win. And later, the double penalty came for Lewis.
He trusted his options
“I knew that the start was going to be the first opportunity and has been a bit committed. I had something in my visor and couldn’t see exactly when to brake. SI knew that it was going to be a long race and that with a medium tire I would have opportunities. Then came the Lewis penalty. Leading I had clean air and I was in control ”, he commented.
“I was not worried at any time. I knew there were going to be opportunities. Never give up. It’s been a good day”, he concluded, reiterating that despite having brushed past Hamilton at the start, he knew that his best strategy could allow him to win.