In the round-up: Valtteri Bottas describes his 27G hit with a Melbourne wall in qualifying.
What they’re saying
Here’s more of what Valtteri Bottas had to say about his qualifying crash:
First run in Q3, first corner, just tried to carry a lot of speed, it was wider than ideal and definitely was still a bit damp where I was. Got sudden wheelspin, couldn’t catch the rear any more and didn’t really want to lift any more. My mistake, just pushed a bit too hard in that corner trying to gain some time. But that cost me Q3 today and for us as a team a lot of extra work for tomorrow.
It was quite big, I haven’t had any big [crashes]. I feel it a bit but I’m glad everything’s fine and there’s no pain at the moment. In the moment it hurt a bit, I guess you earn that when you make a mistake like that. I’m fine, the car is not fine, it’s hopefully going to be OK.
I think tomorrow if we can get everything back together, obviously starting from a bit far [back], ought to be really fighting for the win. But there’s no point giving up on Saturdays. I think anything’s still possible. We’ve seen we have a good car in qualifying as Lewis showed. But we think we have a very good car in the race. I think anything’s possible from there. Melbourne can be plenty of things happening in the race, plenty of opportunity. I had a race last season when i was one lap down and still ended up second. So I think there’s still opportunities even though overtaking is difficult, hopefully less so with the third DRS zone. But we’ll try everything we can.
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