Valtteri’s weekend bottas in Baku is not among those that the Finn will remember with happiness. At least until Saturday. Because the second driver of the Mercedes will start from the tenth position and just when he was finding the right confidence with the car and with the circuit, the red flag caused by Yuki Tsunoda arrived, who put an end to Q3 and the hopes of # 77. Which – very elegantly – does not take it out on bad luck (and to say that he would have credit with fate) or with the choice – not his – to give the wake of Lewis Hamilton and not receive the same advantage, but he focuses on the car and on what needs to be improved. Basically, grip, a problem he had already encountered on Friday. But Bottas knows well, also from experiences lived on his skin, that anything is possible in Baku. These are his words on Azerbaijani Saturday.
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“I struggled with the pace all weekend and ultimately I think something is wrong, because I’m at the limit but very far from the ideal pace. If I push harder, I go to the wall. We take turns and this weekend it was up to Lewis to choose who was up front. And so obviously he got my trail. In the second run I tried to get Leclerc’s wake but the red flag stopped my lap. Tomorrow will be a challenge, but I know anything can happen here. In Baku never say never, for sure we will continue to work and I will try to put everything together tonight for the race. Tomorrow we will fight“.