user icon

Bottas couldn't feel loss of power before retirement

  • Published on 20 Nov 2019 09:43
  • comments 3
  • By: Fergal Walsh

Valtteri Bottas says he couldn't feel any loss of power before retiring from the Brazilian Grand on Sunday. 

While chasing the Red Bull of Alexander Albon, smoking started to emit from the rear of Bottas' car - however the Finn says he couldn't spot it until the team reported it.

Bottas pulled over to the side of the road and retired from the race, which would set off a chain of events that led to a frantic finale to the race.

The Mercedes driver pitted on lap 26, after his rivals had stopped, to fit the hard tyres. However, he stopped a second time, just a handful of laps for the soft compound.

 

"At the start I didn't gain any positions and I did think overtaking would be difficult," Bottas said. "I aimed to go long in the first stint and try to save the tyres but still, I think I was unlucky with my pace in the first stint with understeer in the first sector.

"So I was dropping further away than what was ideal. We stopped to cover Albon I think, and from my side I was confused and I questioned the stop but, there is still a question mark as to if I could have made it to the end.

"In theory not, it was a bit tricky with the medium tyre and the engine failure which is still to be confirmed. I didn't actually see the smoke, it was reported to me but I couldn't feel any loss of power, the engine just shut off."

There is also a danger that Bottas will be forced to take a grid penalty for the season finale in Abu Dhabi due to the wear on all of his engines used so far this year. 

"I think they didn't move the car and it was kind of stuck so I think that caused the safety car. It's still to be confirmed, I doubt I have any miles on my previous engine left but I will see, if I have to take a penalty in Abu Dhabi I will."

Replies (3)

Login to reply
  • JuJuHound

    Posts: 196

    It's strange he is able to be so quick on some circuits, challenging Lewis but then he is losing the ground in other events. This is not a champ material. He is a decent #2 driver.

    • + 0
    • Nov 20 2019 - 09:54
    • Yes, good number 2 material. No pun intended. But he has improved and he has probably the hardest teammate to fight against. I reckon he's got one more year to go for the title with Mercedes or he's out looking for another seat. Who knows, maybe he might even be able to beat HAM in a Ferrari or Red Bull. 2021 will be good in that it will let us watch the drivers race on a more level playing field. Hopefully.....

      • + 0
      • Nov 21 2019 - 08:40
  • That was quite the engine failure. I've never seen an engine start smoking like that and keep going with the pace he had, for a minute anyway. I thought for sure we were going to see a huge cloud of smoke and flames coming out the back.

    • + 0
    • Nov 21 2019 - 08:36

Related news

AE Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi

Local time 

View more photos

AE Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi

Local time 

View more photos

Test calendar

Yas Marina Circuit - Tyre 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 1,099
  • Podiums 39
  • Grand Prix 102
  • Country FI
  • Date of b. Aug 28 1989 (30)
  • Place of b. Nastola, FI
  • Weight 70 kg
  • Length 1.73 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
-
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
-
United Arab Emirates Yas Marina Circuit
See full schedule
show sidebar