Bottas says Mercedes need to "build from what we’ve learned"

20-03-2019 13:40
by Matt Gretton
F1 News
Bottas says Mercedes need to build from what we’ve learned

Valtteri Bottas' victory in Melbourne was his first race win since the 2017 edition of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. He says this is his "perfect start" but admits Mercedes must continue to build.

Bottas blasted through to the race win after passing Lewis Hamilton on the first corner. His dominating display was complete when he won an extra championship point with the fastest lap. This result couldn't have been better for the Finn.

SEE ALSO: Ross Brawn's thoughts on the fastest lap point. 

“In sport, and especially in this sport, the confidence you get from the results is a massive help. It boosts you a lot, even through the difficult times that will come every season, but you always remember the good ones, and you get strength from knowing you can do something like this," Bottas said in an interview with Crash.

“I was obviously one year without a win, so this is absolutely the win I wanted and it’s going to be a big boost for this year. It was the perfect start of the year, very different from last year."

Mercedes expected Ferrari to be a lot quicker than they were over the weekend. Cautious of an immediate fightback in Bahrain, Bottas insists his team must continue to build.

"I just need to keep it up and build from what we’ve learned, as a team, from this weekend. And it’s the same thing for myself,” Bottas concluded.

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