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Valtteri Bottas was happy to come out on top in the battle of the Finns, who both have five-place grid penalties to contend with in Japan.
Valtteri Bottas is due to be handed a five-place grid penalty at Suzuka after an unscheduled gearbox change following the first two practice sessions on Friday.
Valtteri Bottas says the “compromises” that Mercedes have had to make with their W08 at some circuits have been a “challenge” for him to drive around.
Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff has said he is “worried” about Valtteri Bottas’ recent form, but believes it is down to set-up rather than driver ability.
Well short of his team-mate’s performance in Malaysia, Valtteri Bottas says he is going through the “most difficult time” of his F1 career.