Valtteri Bottas hopes Mexico “will be straightforward”

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Valtteri Bottas gave his comments on his performance in the United States Grand Prix, his engine swaps, and the next race in Mexico.

Valtteri Bottas started the United States Grand Prix from P9 due to an engine related five-place grid penalty. Ahead of the race the Finn was fitted with his third Internal Combustion Engine in four races.

He ultimately finished in P6, and afterwards conceded the race was difficult.

“It was difficult, like I expected,” Bottas told said.

“What made it more tricky in the first stint was being behind the AlphaTauris and not being able to get by. Obviously lost quite a bit of time. Unfortunately, there was no help of a Safety Car today.

“I made some progress, but it was slow. Making progress was difficult and we knew it would be, because of the temperatures here and the characteristics of the track.


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“Not the strongest weekend for us, but in free air the car felt good, and there are plenty of learnings we can take forward as a team.”

Regarding his engine issues, the Finn said he is hoping the US GP swap was his last this season.

“I think it’s just a question of me being a bit more unlucky,” explained Bottas.

“The engines have passed all the tests and reliability checks and, in theory, they should be OK, but just the luck has not been on my side of that and I’ve had more failures.”

Bottas was also asked to comment on the next race in Mexico, that is expected to suit Red Bull.

“I really hope it will be straightforward. No doubt it’s going to be a track that favours Red Bull, but [I’m] looking forward to it,” Valtteri concluded.

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