Bottas admits “we just didn’t have the pace”
The Finn was one of the stars of qualifying after setting the third fastest time in challenging conditions. However he lost positions off the start and dropped down the field after the first stint, finishing in a lowly 14th place.
Speaking about the race in a team statement, Bottas said: “We fought hard to try and secure some points today but ultimately we just didn’t have the pace in the car. I didn’t get a great start which allowed a few cars to jump me on the first lap, and in the dry conditions we simply couldn’t match the level of competitiveness we showed yesterday.”
He also admitted to suffering tyre problems, adding: “The tyre wear in the first stint was also high which made it tough to stay in the top ten. Nevertheless I feel like I have learnt a lot from the race today and as a team we can take positives from the weekend.” He is hopeful of continuing with the upward progression at the next round, saying “Hopefully we can continue to make progress and have a stronger race at Silverstone with the home crowd cheering us on.”
Maldonado finished behind his rookie team-mate in 16th after a drive through penalty. It was an eventful race but one that fell below expectations: “We were expecting a better result today in the race. We knew we didn’t have the top speed to challenge at the front, but we struggled for pace right from the beginning of the race. The car felt better in the wet conditions compared to the dry hot weather we saw today so we need to understand why.”
He felt that it was a tough way to end what had previously been an upbeat weekend: “After the good result with Valtteri yesterday, it was a tough weekend for us to end with neither car in the points.” With a three week break, the Venezuelan is hoping that his team can make more progress for their home race: “There are now three weeks until the next race so we need to keep working to improve our overall race performance.”
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