Mercedes motorist Valtteri Bottas reckons the 2020 Formula 1 name is”drifting away” after he completed the Spanish Grand Prix in third position behind Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen.
Bottas lost ground to both competitions in the name battle – he lies 43 points behind his team-mate and six supporting Verstappen.
His afternoon was made tougher by a lousy beginning that left him trapped supporting the Racing Point of Lance Stroll during the opening stage of the race at Barcelona.
Having subsequently passed the Canadian together with the help of DRS, Bottas was unable to get onto conditions with Verstappen. A point for fastest lap supplied some consolation.
Bottas won the first event of this season in Austria a month, but has since viewed Hamilton gradually extend his advantage in subsequent races. )
“Initial evaluation is no more than a lousy beginning,” Bottas due to the lousy first lap in Spain.
“I feel that the initial getaway in the line wasn’t quite great enough, and my response time might have been somewhat better.
“It is simply not an ideal start as it was required.
“And with this particular track,if the men behind get a tow from you and in case you do not receive the tow and in case your beginning isn’t better, you pay the purchase price, so that is it.
“[I’m] originally disappointed, naturally. It is far from perfect.
“that I don’t have any clue really what the things’ difference is, but it is way too large.
“I will see the championship drifting off.
“We will take a few times to look at all and determine exactly what went wrong.
“Obviously at this time, [it’s] very unsatisfactory.
“I understand I will always bounce back, without uncertainty in Spa, as always, I will be in complete mental wellbeing, providing everything I have.
“However, for the time being, I only need to be somewhere else than here today.”
Asked to pinpoint exactly what had gone wrong for him this year, Bottas stated he wasn’t able to single out any variable.
“At this time, I can not state,” he added. “I had a fantastic beginning in the first race, along with the speed all season, each and every race, the speed was there.
“Qualifying was super close each and every time with Lewis, occasionally he defeats me, occasionally I overcome him. It has small margins.
“Therefore, I do not understand the reason for the time being.
“There have been few shitty races for me personally in Silverstone, with terrible luck.
“At this stage it is hard to say. Maybe when time goes on I will say; for today I have no answer.
“Aside from the very first race, it has been pretty awful.
“There is not been a weekend which has gone smoothly and without any difficulty, save for the initial one, therefore a fairly poor season up to now. Evidently, that is disappointing.
“[It’s] fine to have a break. We still have a lot more races to go, possibly up to 10 or some thing similar to this. I’d hope so. Thus far, far from perfect.”