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Bottas 'mad' after hard lesson

Monday 17th March 2014

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Bottas 'mad' after hard lesson

Bottas 'mad' after hard lesson

Valtteri Bottas was left to lament what could have been had he not tagged the wall in Sunday's Australian Grand Prix.

The Williams driver, who started 15th after a gearbox penalty, was on the pace on Sunday afternoon at the Albert Park circuit and quickly began to make up positions.

However, tagging the wall at Turn 10, his FW36 sustained a broken wheel rim that went him crawling back to the pits for an unscheduled stop.

But despite his troubles, Bottas fought back and brought his car home in sixth place, elevated to fifth after Daniel Ricciardo's penalty.

And although the result was his best-ever in Formula One, the 24-year-old was disappointed because of what could have been.

"I'm quite mad at myself for the mistake," he said. "Not so happy about that.

"I guess I just need to learn from it. I'm pretty sure I'm not going to do that kind of mistake again.

"I was pushing really hard because I saw that this race could be very good. Turned out I was pushing a bit too much.

"I was quite close to [Fernando] Alonso, and I went slightly wide. I just touched the wall. I was lucky to continue, I could make up positions and recover.

"In the end for us as a team, compared to last year, finally we were racing, which was great. But it's still too soon after the race. I'm a bit disappointed by the mistake and I need to make sure I don't do it again."

The ten points Bottas scored on Sunday mean Williams have already doubled the number of points they scored the entire 2013 Championship.

"For the team we now have nearly double the points we had last year so they have done such a good job over the winter and it is going to be a good season.

"I really want to thank everyone at the factory and also at [engine suppliers] Mercedes. Everyone is working really hard and it is nice to see."

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