Bottas: ‘Messy’ Q3 cost us pole position

Date published: September 7 2019

Valtteri Bottas

Valtteri Bottas believes that Mercedes could have taken pole position at Monza if not for the “compromised” final session of the day.

Both Bottas and Hamilton failed to complete a lap on their final runs as all the drivers tried to avoid being at the front of the group in order to get a tow.

All that squabbling though meant that everyone bar Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc failed to cross the line to start their flying laps before the chequered flag dropped.

Lewis Hamilton accused Ferrari of sabotaging the session with Leclerc claiming pole as a result of the farce, and Bottas believes that it did cost Mercedes pole.

“I think it was compromised for many drivers,” Bottas is quoted as saying by Crash.net.

“In this kind of messy session, it was actually good to finish in the top three, but it was the same thing for me as for Lewis.”

The mishap meant that neither Mercedes driver could challenge Leclerc for pole position, and the Finn believes that had the pace to do so.

“I was actually more far back, so when we got the yellow flags I had to lift properly, so I also feel we lost the pole there,” he added.

“It’s annoying when you know it could have been possible but it could have been a lot worse today.

“I hope we’re going to learn something from the last run because almost everyone missed on their final lap and there were two cars going very slow and no one could go by.

“It was not ideal, but we are here, very much close to the front and it’s going to be a good fight tomorrow.”

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