Valtteri Bottas: “It’s a very cool race track”

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Valtteri Bottas is looking forward to going back to the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez , the location for this weekend’s Mexican Grand Prix.

The Williams Martini Racing driver had a tough afternoon at the United States Grand Prix after an first lap incident with Nico Hulkenberg left him with a puncture and a damaged floor. With having to report to the pits for repairs, Bottas lost a lot of time, leading to him finishing down in sixteenth position.

At last year’s Mexican Grand Prix, Bottas finished in third behind the Mercedes AMG PETRONAS Formula 1 Team duo of Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton, and standing on the podium he felt it was the best of his career.

“Mexico was the best podium in my career so far when I finished third there last year,” said Bottas. “It was incredible to look out on the stadium and see how many people there were.

“The atmosphere was amazing. It’s a big city with plenty of traffic on the way to the circuit – that’s the only negative I can think of, but at least the traffic is there and not on the track!”

For the Finn the Grand Prix at the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez is very challenging because of the high altitude.

“The race is very challenging because of the high altitude,” added Bottas. “The top speeds are high, and we have less downforce.

“This thin air also means there is less oxygen, so as a driver it’s slightly more physical. It’s a very cool race track and I’m really looking forward to going back to such a unique location for a grand prix.”