Valtteri Bottas: “We chose to be aggressive and take a risk with the strategy”
Valtteri Bottas says the bet of Alfa Romeo F1 Team ORLEN only pit twice on Sunday Spanish Grand Prix did not pay, but the Finn was still happy to end the day with a good sixth place in the Circuit Barcelona-Catalonia.
Only once this season has the Finn failed to finish in the points – he was forced to withdraw from the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix – and he was involved in the battle for the top five for much of Sunday afternoon.
However, Bottas only stung twice while his rivals stung three times, which meant he lacked pace in the final laps, preventing him from staying ahead. Carlos Sainz Jr. or Lewis Hamilton as the Scuderia Ferrari and Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team the pilots recovered from the first problems.
“We got some good points today and we’re taking a lot of positives home,” Bottas said. “Our pace throughout the race was really strong and it was nice to battle with the big teams ahead of us – it shows how far we are progressing and how well the improvements we have made here seem to be working.
“In the end, we chose to be aggressive and take a risk with the strategy, going for a two-stop when everyone’s got three: it didn’t pay off, because the lifespan of the tires on the medium compound were a bit shorter than expected and we struggled at the end, but still got a good result.
“I’m really looking forward to Monaco now, our car should be pretty good there.”
“Until the retirement, I was having a good race” – Zhou Guanyu
Unfortunately for his teammate Zhou Guanyuit was another frustrating day, with a technical issue ending his afternoon after just twenty-eight laps as he raced for a good result.
The Chinese driver retired from the last two races due to car problems, meaning he scored just one point in his first six events of his FIA Formula 1 World Championship career.
Zhou hopes the team can investigate the issue that caused him to stop on Sunday and provide a solution by next weekend. Monaco Grand Prix.
“It’s disappointing to finish the race ahead for the second weekend in a row, especially when we were potentially on the right track.” Zhou said. “We need to further investigate the issue in detail, both to understand exactly what happened and to prevent it from happening again, because it is hurting us so much.
“Until the retirement I was having a good race, I was fighting with the midfield guys in front of me to try to get into the top ten. Let’s hope for a better outcome in Monaco, it will be a very interesting.