Valtteri Bottas believes that his poor start cost him the victory in Brazil, after he was beaten by Sebastian Vettel in the latest Grand Prix on Sunday.
Ferrari’s Vettel won Sunday’s Formula 1 Grande Premio Heineken do Brasil 2017 after holding off Mercedes’ Bottas at Interlagos.
Already crowned champion Lewis Hamilton stealed the show, however, recovering from a pit-lane start to almost make it to the podium.
Bottas started from pole position, but lost his place to Vettel in Turn 1. After that, Vettel secured a big enough lead and held his opponent, finishing 2.762s ahead of him.
Bottas commented on the race afterwards, blaming his bad start for the loss.
"It was in the start that we lost the race, which is unfortunate," Bottas admitted.
"The issue for me was the initial wheel spin, as soon as I started to released the clutch I broke the traction and got wheel spin, so that's why I had a poor getaway.
"I was trying to cover the inside but, honestly, looking in the mirror I could only see Kimi behind, I couldn't see Seb anywhere.
"I was kind of guessing he could be shooting from the inside and so he did it. There was nothing to do. He did a better start and was on the inside, so that was unfortunate.
"With a good start it would have been possible to keep the lead because I think the pace of our cars was pretty similar between us today, there wasn't much of a difference.
"Being first out of Turn 1 would have made a very different race. But that's 'if and if' ... he did a better start and that's it."
Valtteri Bottas was hoping to overtake Vettel for the second place in the Championship, but the mission seems much harder now.
Instead of closing the gap, he will now be hoping for a lucky scenario in Abu Dhabi.
Had he won the race with Vettel finishing second, he would have been only six points behind him in the standings. Then a victory in United Arab Emirates would have guaranteed him the second place.
"I'm definitely disappointed after the good day we had yesterday and it's also not so good for me on the battle we have for second place in the championship. It' looks quite ugly now and it will take a miracle in Abu Dhabi."
Vettel is now 22 points ahead of Bottas with only one race remaining. This means that the Finnish driver will need a victory in Abu Dhabi with the German out of top 10.
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