Valtteri Bottas says he isn’t concerned at being beaten to pole position by Lewis Hamilton because the first sector at Spa offers opportunities to overtake at the start.
“In qualifying itself, everything was feeling pretty OK,” he said. “Just the first run in Q3 I had a lock-up into turn one. I don’t think I got my tyres warm enough on the out-lap.
“So again it was down to the second run. Everything was still possible and it was actually a clean lap. Maybe not the best turn one, but it was OK, and otherwise the lap was nice and clean and it really felt like I was pushing the limits.
“But obviously quite a big gap. I’m not sure yet why but Lewis did a good job today.”
The long run from La Source through Eau Rouge and Raidillon to Les Combes at Spa can make it difficult for the pole sitter to stay ahead at the start. Bottas is hoping to take advantage of that.
“I’m not too bothered because I know second place is quite a good place to start,” he said. “It’s always quite an interesting run into turn five. So I’m looking forward to tomorrow.”
“You can plan something but in the end, every start is always different,” he added.
“Of course we look at all the other starts here in the previous years and try to take the learnings and be prepared for any kind of situations, but you have to go with the instincts as well. We’ll try and find a way to make things interesting.”
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