Valtteri Bottas after perfect Italian GP: “What more do you ask?”

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Just after it was announced he will not be driving for Mercedes after 2021, Valtteri Bottas had a perfect weekend at the Italian Grand Prix.

Not only did the Finn qualify in P1 for the sprint race, he also won that race, and on Sunday he overcame an engine grid penalty and went from P19 to P3.

After the Italian Grand Prix he himself was aware he did good.

“Fastest in qualifying, sprint winner, from last to third, what more do you ask?” Bottas told Sky sports F1.

“I think, if I look at the race as a whole, I feel like I definitely gave it all I had and took all the opportunities.


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“I wouldn’t do anything different really and strategy-wise, I think it was a really good call to start on the hard tyres, go long and then, with the fresh mediums, try to do some overtakes.

“The downside was towards the end of the race, the mediums started to drop a bit, then the guys with the hard tyre had a bit of an advantage.

“I did have one go with Perez, but after that the tyre really started to drop and it was more tricky, and knowing he had a penalty I also didn’t want to risk too much.

“I’m happy we could walk away from a weekend like this with so many issues, at least for me, still with more points than Red Bull.

“It’s almost like I had a bit of a responsibility to carry the team today,” concluded the Finn.

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