Valtteri Bottas: “It has been a very difficult week”

Valtteri Bottas is looking to put this weekend in Albert Park behind him after admitting struggling throughout, but was content to secure a handful of points with an eighth place finish on Sunday.

The Williams Martini Racing driver could only qualify eleventh during qualifying on Saturday, and was then handed a five-place grid penalty after his team were forced to change his gearbox overnight, but fought back to secure the top ten finish on Sunday, finishing on the tail of seventh placed Nico Hulkenberg.

Bottas revealed he had been struggling for pace throughout the Australian Grand Prix weekend, and is now looking forward to the next race in Bahrain to have a much better weekend.

“It has obviously been a very difficult week,” revealed Bottas. “The struggles we had with qualifying and then the grid penalty compromised the race.

“It wasn’t the nice clean race we were hoping for, but we still have points from both of our cars. We are definitely aiming for better positions, and myself personally, so I am looking forward to Bahrain because I am sure we can do better than this weekend.”