Chew rather bitter Valtteri Bottas at the end of qualifying for the Austrian GP. On the day when the Brackley team announced the renewal of his teammate Lewis Hamilton’s contract until 2023 – while his seat is still ‘pending’ – the native of Nastola would have been very comfortable with a great qualifying. This was not the case. The # 77 of the Mercedes house in fact had to be satisfied with fifth place at the end of Q3, beaten by the two Red Bulls, by Hamilton and also by McLaren’s Lando Norris, surprising author of the second half.
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“I was hoping to fight for pole – the Finnish driver confessed at the end of the session – but today it was out of reach. It felt like we were a little behind last weekend, or that others had earned more than us. I’d say we’re a tenth or two away from where we should have been. Clearly then McLaren found something with the C5 compound this weekend. Seems to work fine on their carBottas added.
GP Austria 2021, the starting grid
“I think in terms of race pace we should have a better pace – concluded the Mercedes driver, thinking about tomorrow – all the development we have done in the configuration of the car is aiming more towards the race pace. We have to learn from today and I’m sure that we can get a good result for the team tomorrow. I still expect a great fight with Red Bull in the race “.