It has been a season of doing much of the chasing so far for Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas. The Finn driver made a superb start, clinching the Austrian Grand Prix. But since then, has managed just podium and points finishes.
Attributed to his own inability to capitalize on opportunities and disagreements on team strategy, he is now a distant second from teammate Lewis Hamilton in the standings.
Regardless, Valtteri Bottas has been quite active on Twitter following the race in Mugello. And he has now revealed his ideal track constructed out of THREE different racing circuits.
It is no surprise that Bottas chose these three tracks. From a sporting and historical point of view, these have been touted as ‘challenging tracks’ by many drivers in the past.
Suzuka for example has an interesting Sector 1. It possesses a complete U-shaped bend at turn 1 after the DRS activation zone straight.
The task lies in successfully navigating the bend and braking slowly to avoid skidding off the track. It is followed up by two chicanes in a twisted pathway.
Interestingly, it has been quite a favorable circuit for Bottas who won the 2019 Japanese GP. Bar one occasion in 2013; he has secured points finishes every time since then.
Similarly, the Sector 2 at Mugello was on show in last week’s race, where Bottas secured P2. The high speed corners alongside the late braking opportunities make it a little tough to overtake. Although Bottas could have made a lot more and come closer to Hamilton last week. But, after Bottas’ car started with some vibrations around Lap 29. That saw Hamilton keep up the pace in his Mercedes and he eventually finished as the race winner.
Valtteri Bottas has constantly appreciated the track which has given us some memorable races. He has been quoted as saying, “There’s so much history with this track layout, and it would be a shame to shame it because it is so iconic. It’s on the limit but I still love it. I still love driving there.”
And rightly so, because the compression of the track space adds to the excitement. Curiously, Bottas does not exactly have the best of records at Monaco. In his 7 races there, Bottas has managed a podium finish only once.
Regardless, Bottas will miss both Suzuka and Monaco this season, because of the races getting canceled. He will have to look for motivation elsewhere, as he attempts to close the gap between himself and Hamilton.