user icon

Bottas reveals 0.040s reaction time at Suzuka start

  • Published on 24 Oct 2019 22:43
  • comments 1
  • By: Fergal Walsh

Valtteri Bottas has revealed that his reaction time to the lights going out in Suzuka for the start of the Japanese Grand Prix was four-hundredths of a second.

The Finn added that his start as aided by Sebastian Vettel, who moved before the lights went out, before he stopped and pulled away again.

MOREF1 drivers defend Hamilton's social media environment comments | Bottas: Only myself to blame for points gap to Hamilton

Bottas shot into the lead of the race and was not able to be challenged from his rivals, going on to take his third win of the 2019 season. 

"My reaction time was rather quick," Bottas said. "I think it was four-hundredths [of a second]. Maybe my best so far.

"That reaction time is when I do my first movement with whatever when the lights go off, not the car moving yet, because that also takes a bit of time.

"That’s normally not a reaction time I can achieve. Maybe it was aided a little bit by Sebastian moving before. So for sure, a little bit lucky as well with the timing and everything.

"And a bit risky, because normally it’s at least a tenth slower direction than that. So it was definitely on the quick side and risky side, but obviously looking at it afterwards very good, very nice, happy about that.”

Mercedes secured the constructors' championship in Japan last time out, while Lewis Hamilton can win his sixth drivers' title this weekend in Mexico.

MOREHow can Lewis Hamilton win the championship this weekend?

Replies (1)

Login to reply
  • It really was a great start and a great race in general. Well deserved on merit and a bonus for playing his part well.

    • + 0
    • Oct 25 2019 - 05:28

Related news

BR Grand Prix of Brazil

Local time 

  • Friday weather-image

    Saturday weather-image

    Sunday weather-image

  • Free practice 1

    15:00 - 16:30

    Free practice 3

    16:00 - 17:00

    Race

    18:10 - 20:10

  • Free practice 2

    19:00 - 20:30

    Qualifying

    19:00 - 20:00

    Fastest lap

     

BR Grand Prix of Brazil

Local time 

  • Fridayweather-image

  • Free practice 1

    15:00 - 16:30

    Free practice 2

    19:00 - 20:30

  • Saturdayweather-image

  • Free practice 3

    16:00 - 17:00

    Qualifying

    19:00 - 20:00

  • Sunday weather-image

  • Race

    18:10 - 20:10

    Fastest lap

    18:10 - 20:10

Test calendar

Circuit de Catalunya - Testing

See full test schedule

Give your opinion!

Is Lewis Hamilton the strongest driver so far in the 21st century?

World Championship standings 2019

Show full world champion standings

Driver profile

  • Team Mercedes
  • Points 1,913
  • Podiums 80
  • Grand Prix 100
  • Country United Kingdom
  • Date of b. Jan 7 1985 (34)
  • Place of b. Tewin, United Kingdom
  • Weight 68 kg
  • Length 1.74 m
Show full profile

Team profile

Show full profile

Formula 1 Calendar - 2019

Date
Grand Prix
Circuit
-
Spain
-
Spain
15 - Mar 17
Australia
29 - Mar 31
Bahrain
-
Bahrain
12 - Apr 14
China
26 - Apr 28
Azerbaijan
10 - May 12
Spain
-
Spain
23 - May 26
Monaco
7 - Jun 9
Canada
21 - Jun 23
France
28 - Jun 30
Austria
12 - Jul 14
United Kingdom
26 - Jul 28
Germany
2 - Aug 4
Hungary
30 - Sep 1
Belgium
6 - Sep 8
Italy
20 - Sep 22
Singapore
27 - Sep 29
Russian
11 - Oct 13
Japan
25 - Oct 27
Mexico
1 - Nov 3
United States of America
15 - Nov 17
Brazil
29 - Dec 1
United Arab Emirates
See full schedule

Formula 1 Calendar - 2019

Date
Grand Prix & Circuit
15 - Mar 17
Australia Albert Park
29 - Mar 31
12 - Apr 14
26 - Apr 28
Azerbaijan Baku City Circuit
10 - May 12
23 - May 26
Monaco Monte Carlo
7 - Jun 9
21 - Jun 23
France Paul Ricard
28 - Jun 30
Austria Red Bull Ring
12 - Jul 14
United Kingdom Silverstone
26 - Jul 28
Germany Hockenheimring
2 - Aug 4
Hungary Hungaroring
30 - Sep 1
6 - Sep 8
Italy Monza
20 - Sep 22
27 - Sep 29
Russian Sochi Autodrom
11 - Oct 13
25 - Oct 27
1 - Nov 3
United States of America Circuit of the Americas
15 - Nov 17
Brazil Interlagos
29 - Dec 1
United Arab Emirates Yas Marina Circuit
See full schedule
show sidebar