Valtteri Bottas stated he could as properly have sat in a sauna in the course of the French Grand Prix for all the nice that racing at Paul Ricard did him.
The Finn departed Le Castellet with none factors as he dropped three positions from his grid berth of eleventh on a clean day for the Alfa Romeo group. Zhou Guanyu needed to retire the sister automotive late within the race whereas working even additional down the sector.
It was considered one of Alfa Romeo’s much less aggressive weekends of the season, though no injury was completed to their P6 within the Constructors’ Championship as a result of the one group beneath them to attain some extent was Aston Martin – only a solitary one through Lance Stroll.
It was a swelteringly sizzling Sunday within the south of France, because it had been all weekend – with Bottas presenting an uncommon selection of headgear when not donning his helmet, within the type of a bucket hat displaying the circuit’s title.
“I might have sat within the sauna for an hour and a half and had simply as many factors,” stated a pissed off Bottas, quoted by the German version of Motorsport.com.
“All that sweat for nothing. However in fact we at all times be taught one thing.”
One of many major points for the 32-year-old was that together with Carlos Sainz and Pierre Gasly, he had began on the exhausting tyres.
When the Security Automobile got here out following Charles Leclerc’s crash on Lap 18, the entire discipline dived into the pits to reap the benefits of having the ability to lose much less time to make a cease as a result of unusually lengthy pit lane – thus Bottas didn’t get the total good thing about having the ability to go additional on the hards.
“I needed to make the cease as a result of in any other case you lose an excessive amount of time within the pit lane right here,” Bottas confirmed, having later made a second cease on Lap 37.
“It might have been good to remain out with the exhausting tyres for a very long time after which simply strive one cease for mediums. However the timing simply wasn’t nice for individuals on the hards.”
Having admitted he had made a foul begin attributable to wheelspin, Bottas is conscious McLaren and Alpine have pulled away from Alfa Romeo performance-wise at the previous couple of races.
“We see now some groups have undoubtedly made extra progress than us,” he stated. “They’ve made good steps – hopefully they received’t carry way more.
“Hopefully we will hold pushing and get some extra components as a result of, for instance, Williams had higher tempo than us at the moment. That was undoubtedly not the case just a few races in the past.”