Valtteri Bottas: “It’s a tough end to the weekend”


Valtteri Bottas was extremely disappointed after finding his chances of a podium finish ended in the turn four barriers after being turned around by Kimi Raikkonen on the final lap at the Sochi Autodrom.

The Williams Martini Racing driver had made a move on the Sahara Force India of Sergio Perez on the penultimate lap of the race in Russia to move back into the podium positions, only to find Scuderia Ferrari driver Raikkonen make an over-optimistic move.

“It was quite a strange race with lots of accidents and safety cars, and we managed to do a very good job as a team to give me a good shot at the podium,” said Bottas. “I was running in P3 on the last lap and then I was hit from behind in Turn 4 and that was it.

“It’s difficult to describe the disappointment because the team has worked so hard all week to get a good result, and then the result we feel like we deserved was lost with only one lap remaining. It’s a tough end to the weekend.”