Mixed feelings for Bottas after Silverstone trials


Valtteri Bottas was left downbeat following a frustrating afternoon at Silverstone, ultimately dropping to fifth at the chequered flag after running behind his team-mate at the front of the field in the early stages.

The Finn was unable to make a move stick on his team-mate Felipe Massa when the Finn appeared to have more speed than the Brazilian, and then saw his chances of the race victory disappear when Lewis Hamilton made a pit stop two laps earlier than he did.

He would then lose third place to Nico Rosberg when the rain began to fall, and fell behind Sebastian Vettel after staying out on track on dry tyres a lap longer than the Ferrari driver.

“In some ways it was an incredibly frustrating race, and others it was very pleasing,” said Bottas.

“Both cars had great starts and we raced the Mercedes with genuine pace, but when the rain came I really struggled with the intermediate tyre.

“I was allowed to race Felipe, but it was hard to get through, and I didn’t want to make any mistakes.

“We have to have a look the race data and make sure we continue to learn from this.”