Valtteri Bottas was hopeful of resuming his fight for the lead with Lewis Hamilton before a power unit problem which put him out of the Eifel Grand Prix.
“Just during the VSC I started to lose power and it never recovered. It was quite a big loss of power so something to do with the power unit. I don’t know any details yet. It’s unlucky, it was good fun until then.”
Bottas had fought hard with his team mate to hold onto his lead at the start. But Hamilton took the lead from him after Bottas locked up and ran wide at turn one during a light rain shower.
“At the race start we had a good battle,” said Bottas. “There was no way I was going to let it be easy for him. I’m glad I could maintain the lead.
“Obviously then later on I had the lock-up into turn one so I lost the position. It meant I stopped early.”
Bottas set some quickest sector times following his pit stop, then lost time passing Daniel Ricciardo before his power unit failure struck.
Bottas said “the new tyres were starting to feel pretty good” and suspected he could have “undercut” Hamilton to regain the lead. But his team mate pitted during the VSC period, and was able to maintain his lead over Bottas before the power unit problem struck.
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