Bottas disappointed following second-place in China

14-04-2019 09:13
by Bobby Vincent
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Bottas disappointed following second-place in China

Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas is disappointed with his second-place finish in China, after the Finn started on pole-position following qualifying on Saturday.

Bottas' solid qualifying session allowed the Finn to be at the front of the grid for the 1,000th Grand Prix, but he was quickly overtaken by his Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton.

Hamilton went onto dominate the remainder of the race, and Bottas had to settle with second-place in Shanghai. However, Mercedes have now recorded three consecutive one-two finishes at the start of this 2019 F1 season.

But Bottas described some disappointment when speaking to the media in the immediate aftermath of the race.

"Yes, unfortunately I lost it during the start," the Finn explained. "Unfortunately, I had some wheel spin because of the white line. The car was good and our speed was about the same. Dirty air only bothered me a lot during my first stint.

"It is still very early in the season and it looks good in itself. I am very proud of the team. We have had three perfect weekends, so that is very positive. It does not feel good not to be the leader anymore, so I will hit back!"

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