Valtteri Bottas: “There’s no room for mistakes”


Valtteri Bottas - Credit: Glenn Dunbar/Williams

The recently married Valtteri Bottas hits the streets of Singapore this weekend knowing that it will be one of the toughest weekends of the season, with the heat and humidity being compounded by the tight and twisty Marina Bay circuit.

The Williams Martini Racing driver finished fifth at the circuit last season, the first time in three attempts that he broke into the points, and is looking for something similar this weekend as Formula 1 starts its sequence of flyaway races.

Bottas knows that any perfect laps will make a driver feel rewarded around the twenty-three-turn, 5.065 kilometre circuit, and the Finn will be looking for at least one of those laps during qualifying on Saturday.

“We’re back into the flyaways with Singapore, one of the most challenging race weekends on the calendar,” said Bottas. “That track has so many corners, so as a driver to complete the perfect lap in Singapore it’s quite tricky. But it’s really rewarding when you do.

“Personally, I do like the challenge. It’s a night race and in terms of how much you need to focus, it’s probably the most difficult track after Monaco. There’s no room for mistakes.

“It’s extremely hot, which makes it much more physical for the driver and hard on the car. It’s a very unique and cool looking Grand Prix.”