Bottas on the mend after illness

Michelle Foster
Valtteri Bottas

Valtteri Bottas

Valtteri Bottas says he is “feeling better” after falling ill in the days leading up to the Abu Dhabi GP weekend.

The Mercedes driver has been in poor health this week but there was little sign of that out on track.

Bottas qualified his W10 second fastest at the Yas Marina circuit but, through no fault of his own, will start the grand prix from the very back of the grid after two engine changes.

“Well, I’m feeling better already than a couple of days ago,” Bottas revealed on Saturday evening.

“I’ve been quite ill this week since Monday night. So when I travelled here, it got worse.

“But in the car, it doesn’t matter. You know, the adrenaline kicks in and you feel normal.”

The Finn has vowed to go into Sunday’s season finale in “fighting spirit” as he looks to recover from his P20 grid position.

“Everything is always possible,” he said. “There’s no point for me to set any any limits for tomorrow.

“We’ll have a good fighting spirit, take every opportunity there will be tomorrow.

“There will be some and you know, we’ve seen crazy races this year. Look back two weeks in Brazil.

“Anything’s possible. I look forward to coming up and taking those opportunities and most importantly, having fun in the car.”

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