“There was a thick white line just in front of my grid box,” Bottas explained, “so when you’re still accelerating, and when I went over the white line, I got some wheelspin on the formation lap start.
“For the race start, I thought maybe it’s going to be better with warmer tyres. But it wasn’t so once I hit the white line, got the wheelspin, took too long to recover it, lost a few metres of distance, so Lewis got me.”
Bottas said he hasn’t experienced the problem before. “I think it’s only very few tracks there is such a thick white line and maybe the paint changes also from one track to another.
“It’s more obvious on the pole position it’s there but it definitely made an effect and it’s less effect for the cars behind because when I’m on the white line from pole, that’s when you need the most of the traction. So I guess a bit unlucky with that.”
He believes he can stop it happened again by doing a ‘burnout’ over the line at the start.
“If I do it again on the formation lap I will just light up the rear tyres and leave black lines on it,” he said.
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