Valtteri Bottas plagued with clutch issues during tough Singapore GP
Valtteri Bottas suffered a tough maiden race around the Marina Bay Street Circuit, after the former GP3 Champion was struck with clutch and front-wing issues during the 61-lap Singapore Grand Prix. The Finn eventually finished 13th, two places behind team-mate Pastor Maldonado and once again outside the points.
At the start of the race Valtteri Bottas was instantly struck with clutch issues, which ultimately prevented the Finn from enjoying a competitive start in his Williams. After the opening lap of the race he found himself way down in 19th position behind the Caterham of Giedo van der Garde. Although Valtteri Bottas was able to gradually improve as the race wore on further woes plagued the rookie, as debris became caught in his front-wing after the one and only safety car period which in turn greatly affected his performance.
The former GP3 Champion has yet to score his maiden points in Formula 1, with only six races remaining this season. As a team Williams have so far only managed to score one World Championship point, at the hands of former Grand Prix winner Pastor Maldonado at the Hungarian Grand Prix. The Venezuelan ace also failed to finish within the points, finishing just over seven seconds behind the Force India of Adrian Sutil in 10th.
“It was one of the most difficult races of the whole season for me today.” Explained Valtteri Bottas, “Immediately at the start we had a problem with the clutch which meant we lost a few positions. After the safety car we had a few problems with debris in the front-wing, which made the car difficult to drive. These limiting factors meant we couldn’t go any faster today and so we did the best we could with what we had.”
After yet another points-less race weekend around the illuminated streets of Singapore, Williams will unquestionably be keen to find improvements next time out at Korea. The Grove-based outfit are currently 18 points behind Sauber in the Constructors’ Championship, in a season which has failed to produce the expected results for Williams after their surprise return to victory last season with Pastor Maldonado. With the Venezuelan ace linked to a possible move to Lotus for next season, a competitive end to the season will undoubtedly be essential for the 28-year-old, as well as his Finnish team-mate.
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