Valtteri Bottas: “I’m not satisfied”

Valtteri Bottas, pictured here during pre-season testing, joined Mercedes AMG Petronas to replace the retiring Nico Rosberg

Formula 1’s first qualifying session of 2017 has come to an end with Lewis Hamilton taking a 62nd career pole position in a cut-throat fight between Mercedes and Ferrari.

For Hamilton’s new team mate, Valtteri Bottas, his time of 1:22.481 was only good enough for 3rd place on tomorrow’s grid, a result which he has described as “not ideal.”

He was surprisingly pushed to third place in the closing stages of Q3 following a late resurgence of pace from Sebastian Vettel’s Ferrari.

“I’m not satisfied,” admitted Bottas during the post-qualifying press conference.

Despite this negative review of himself, both Pat Symonds – a former Technical Director at Bottas’ old team, Williams – 1996 Word Champion, Damon Hill,  and Lewis Hamilton himself all said, and I quote, “he’s done a great job.”

Bottas will be joined on the 2nd row by Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen, who was 6 tenths off his countryman’s pace.

The Australian Grand Prix will quick off at 6pm AEDT on Sunday, 26th of March.


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Steven Walton is a 18 year old student currently attending St Andrews College in Christchurch, New Zealand. He was bought up with two older brothers and his big passions are sports (especially motorsport), people and writing.

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