“There’s No Point Whining”- Valtteri Bottas Justifies Controversial Restart That Caused Major F1 Pileup

Published 09/14/2020, 6:49 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Tuscan Grand Prix – Mugello, Scarperia e San Piero, Italy – September 13, 2020 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton during a press conference after winning the Tuscan Grand Prix with second placed Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas | Courtesy: FIA/Handout via REUTERS


Valtteri Bottas probably had one of the best starts in his career as he pulled away from Lewis Hamilton at the start of the race. But the incident that happened during the safety car restart hampered his race.

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There were two other standing starts where he could have jumped ahead of Lewis Hamilton, but it just did not work out. Later, during the post-race interview, he took no blame for the huge crash that happened at the back. He also asked the drivers to stop “Whining” about it.

Formula One F1 – Tuscan Grand Prix – Mugello, Scarperia e San Piero, Italy – September 13, 2020, Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas sprays sparkling wine as he celebrates on the podium after finishing in second place | Courtesy: Pool via REUTERS/Bryn Lennon

The Tuscan Grand Prix witnessed not one, but two red flags during the race. The second one sparked some discourse within the paddock about the safety car procedure.

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Valtteri was still strolling after crossing the safety car line as he felt the drivers behind could get a slipstream. Considering the length of the straight, he could end up losing his place to Lewis.

The drivers at the back were not aware of that and were up to full racing speed. By the time the drivers made sense of Bottas’ strategy, it was too late as they drove into the drivers in front of them and making a huge mess. The stewards stopped the race, considering the debris the crash left behind.

During the post-race interview, the interviewer asked Valtteri if he could weigh in on the recent changes during the safety-car restarts. “We’re allowed to race from the control line, which has been there for a while, I think.

“Just the difference this year has been the safety car. They are putting the lights off too late. So you can only build the gap pretty late on,” said Bottas.

Valtteri Bottas curious to know why the safety car lights were not off nearing the main straight

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Formula One F1 – Tuscan Grand Prix – Mugello, Scarperia e San Piero, Italy – September 13, 2020, Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas and Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton behind the safety car during the race | Courtesy: Pool via REUTERS/Jennifer Lorenzini

Bottas cleared the fact he was not at fault.”So of course when you’re in the lead you try to maximize your chances and I’m not at all to blame for that. Everyone can look at everything they want for it. I was doing consistent speed until I went,” said Bottas.

So the guys behind who crashed because of that, they can look in the mirror. There’s no point whining about it. It’s just that FIA or FOM, I don’t know who’s deciding what’s happening with the safety cars but they’re trying to make the show better by turning the lights later, so we can’t build a gap early and then go like the corner before the race start,” said the Finn.

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They in the main straight, so maybe it’s time to think if that’s right and safe to do so,”. Lewis Hamilton too supported Bottas’ opinion during the interview and considered it to be a “bit over the limit“.

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Rohit Kumar

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Rohit Kumar is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been an ardent follower of the racing series since 2007, with his love for the sport coinciding with his love for Kimi Raikkonen. He is also an ardent follower of Sebastian Vettel and Aston Martin Racing.

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