“It was a mistake from my side just running a bit too fast into that corner and running wide,” said the Renault driver. “I know at high speed these sausage kerbs do a lot of damage. It is the track limit and we know we need to stay within those limits and obey them.
“I made a mistake, I paid the price, this is how it should be. But obviously the car damage that we get from those kerbs is a bit extreme. But I think for this weekend there’s nothing we can do.”
Bottas did even more damage to his Mercedes when his car snapped sideways at turn six, crossed a gravel trap and went nose-first into a barrier. But he also believes driver errors should have consequences.
“I have to say even though I crashed I would prefer to be penalised for your mistakes,” said Bottas. “It makes it a bit more exciting. I think that’s how it should be.
“Definitely the tiniest error will cost a lot here with the aggressive kerbs and the run-offs and everything. So I think that’s the way to go.”
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