Valtteri Bottas in a Limbo Despite Monza F1 Pole Amid Rotten Luck at Mercedes

Published 09/10/2021, 2:28 PM EDT
Formula One F1 – Dutch Grand Prix – Circuit Zandvoort, Zandvoort, Netherlands – September 2, 2021 Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas during the FIA Press Conference Pool via REUTERS/Kenzo Tribouillard


Valtteri Bottas is set for a roller coaster of emotions at the Italian Grand Prix at Monza. The Mercedes driver achieved pole in the quali session and will start from the front in the sprint race.

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However, due to an engine penalty, Bottas will start from the back of the grid in Sunday’s main race; regardless of what result he achieves in Saturday’s sprint race.

Valtteri Bottas set to have a unique weekend at Monza

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After keeping his teammate Lewis Hamilton from stealing pole position for the race on Saturday. Bottas was over the moon, but that was short-lived, as an engine penalty will see him start from the back of the pack on Sunday.

Formula One F1 – Italian Grand Prix – Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza, Italy – September 10, 2021 Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas celebrates pole position for the sprint qualifying with his team Pool via REUTERS/Lars Baron

Hence, the Finn is going to have a rare Formula One weekend; one where he starts at the front of the grid and one where he is chasing the pack of drivers as they zip around the Italian track.

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What did Bottas say after achieving the fastest lap?

The number 77 driver was thrilled to take home the fastest lap for the sprint race on Saturday. The Finn has stated the importance of getting the maximum points and help the team have a good weekend.

Speaking after the quali session, Bottas said, “That qualifying lap was nice. It feels so good to getting that nice lap, and managed to save it till the end, and I had a bit of a tow as well finally. So that was good fun and enjoyed it.”

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However, the Finn is quite aware the job at Monza isn’t done. He needs to see the chequered flag from start to finish to bag three crucial points for the Silver Arrows. But, more importantly, overcome the obstacles that await him on Sunday.

Where do you think Bottas will see the chequered flag in the main race on Sunday? Let us know in the comments below.

 

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Arpit Gomes

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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