Bottas says he got distracted by Hamilton and Russell’s battle

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Valtteri Bottas explains what led to him being overtaken by Lewis Hamilton and George Russell in the closing stages of the Miami Grand Prix.

Alfa Romeo’s Valtteri Bottas was running in P5, with 10 laps to go in the Miami Grand Prix, when he made a crucial mistake which allowed Lewis Hamilton and George Russell to overtake him.

After the race, the Finn explained he was distracted by the battle going on behind him.

“I was kind of following them in the mirrors as they were getting pretty close,” Bottas said.

“I needed to close the door or something, I braked a fraction too late, mixed the apex in the corner a tiny bit, then I got to the dirty tarmac and felt awkward as I was going so slowly, understeering, hit the wall, [and] luckily didn’t break anything or get a puncture.”

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Ultimately Valtteri says he would have held on to P5, had the Safety Car not come out on Lap 41.

“I think today, without the Safety Car, P5 should have been possible. So, we’re strong.

“We bring home some good points which will be super important for the championship, and we showed we can fight on a par with everyone in the midfield.

“It’s all very close and the way we keep developing will be important to stay ahead in this fight,” the Finn concluded.

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