Valtteri Bottas says he could have taken pole position for the Brazilian Grand Prix if he’d had a tow on his final Q3 run.Lewis Hamilton, who starts from pole position.
“I’m not far away but here the margins are small,” said Bottas. “I knew this weekend I did have the pace to be on pole. I think it was there for me to grab but I couldn’t take it today.
“I was more than two tenths up in the second run but lost everything in the last corner on the back straight without any tow, so it was quite disappointing.”
Bottas was the first driver in the queue of cars during their final runs, meaning he did not have the benefit of a slipstream.
“I think at the beginning of the lap it was getting very good, then the middle of the lap was average and lost a tiny bit in the last corner.
“But the main time loss, I think it was more than a tenth, was just up the hill, just losing time on the straight. No drama, but definitely not a perfect lap but I think with a perfect lap pole would have been possible.”
Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff agreed Bottas potentially lost out through not having a slipstream.
“We see some advantages with a little bit of a tow,” he explained. “Disadvantages in some of the corners but both of them in their delta time lost about a tenth going out of the last corner up the hill.
“Maybe Valtteri being the first of them track not benefiting of anybody in front of him, might have lost a little bit more.”
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15 comments on “Bottas: Lack of tow cost me shot at pole”
Stephen Crowsen (@drycrust)
11th November 2018, 9:06
Sorry, but no, no tow. If you want to be the next World Drivers’ Champion then you need to expect to get Pole Position without a tow.
11th November 2018, 11:40
Yep, or alternatively, organize /place yourself to have a tow, ie. not go first then @drycrust
11th November 2018, 12:25
Or alternatively, get Mercedes to produce King of PU with 80hp advantage to the rest of field.
11th November 2018, 9:52
Is he ever blaming himself this year? He seems to rely so much on excuses. Watching Lewis’ pole lap, he did’nt benefit from slipstream either coming out of the last corner.
I don’t think Bottas improved at all as a driver compared to last year, but somehow he gets away with it.
Ben Rowe (@thegianthogweed)
11th November 2018, 11:43
i don’t know how saying he could have got pole is an excuse… It could well have been possible which is what he’s implying. Any driver could say something like this. I find Bottas to make less excuses than most drivers and is always very honest. Also notice that his team boss also agreed that Bottas ging first out of everyone quite ossibly did effect his time.I don’t see the problem with Bottas’s comment.
11th November 2018, 10:06
So Ferrari wasn’t the quickest car yesterday?
12th November 2018, 1:40
In qualifying it was probably even between ferrari and mercedes, it’s well known hamilton can often extract that little extra performance in a single lap, a tenth is easily believable, and bottas was very similar to raikkonen.
In the race looks like red bull was stronger than mercedes, which was stronger than ferrari, neither of them by big margins, unlike in mexico, where ferrari and merc were swapped too ofc.
11th November 2018, 10:53
Mercedes could have it embossed on Bottas’ steering wheel next year:
“OK, so, Lewis is faster than you”.
-Just to stop him getting any funky ideas about winning the thing.
11th November 2018, 11:12
Ha ha, I was thinking something similar, “since when does a #2 get a tow?”
11th November 2018, 15:13
A wingman doesn’t need a tow, only needs hot air drafts
11th November 2018, 16:08
Did Lewis get a ‘tow’ yesterday….
One driver’s tow, is another driver’s wake or turbulance.
Would Bottas really have benifited by driving in the slipstream of a marginally ‘slower driver’, with both presumably driving to qualify, or was this all theoretical?
11th November 2018, 11:38
What was that about you wanting to win for yourself without it being given to you?
First thing you do is complaining you didnt get a tow to pole… good start
11th November 2018, 12:15
You should have gone daster on your oulap to say closer to a car ahead.
11th November 2018, 12:16
Faster not daster.
11th November 2018, 13:32
What do you mean with “say closer to a car ahead”?
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