Bottas: "I always trusted my ability"

By on Sunday, April 30, 2017

Valtteri Bottas claimed his first Formula 1 victory in a tense Russian Grand Prix that saw him jumping the two Ferraris off the start, then edging out Sebastian Vettel in a nail-bitting, race-long battle.

The Finn reckons the result came as a confirmation of his talent and will give him lots of confidence for the future. His team mate, Lewis Hamilton produced a battling drive to finish P4 after struggling with overheating throughout the race.

"It’s going to take a while to sink in. Normally I’m not that emotional but hearing the Finnish national anthem was very special for me", Valtteri Bottas said. 

"It’s all a bit surreal, the first win and hopefully the first of many. It was definitely one of my best races ever. The pressure from Sebastian wasn’t too bad; the main issue was with the lapped cars, trying to get past those. It was tricky to pass them without losing time. I also had a lockup with about 15 laps to go that hurt the pace, but it was manageable. I asked for a bit of radio silence just to get on it and focus.

"I’m sure this victory will give me lots of confidence going forward. I knew I could do these results, I always trusted my ability, but this result confirms it."

Bottas is now third in the championship standings, behind Vettel and Hamilton.


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