The Grand Prize of Imola it was a unique opportunity to Valtteri Bottas to begin his comeback in the championship. However, the Finnish rider fell in performance while leading and was surprisingly overtaken by Lewis hamilton Y Max Verstappen. From the radio, the team told him that they saw damage to the chassis of the car, although they did not know what was the reason for it.
On the first lap of the race, there was a touch between Sebastian Vettel Y Kevin Magnussen. In this incident, the Ferrari engineers informed the German that he had not broken anything. However, Vettel insisted that it had a loss of aerodynamics. This was due to the fact that during the accident, the front wing had serious breaks and a piece flew off.
After a few laps, Valtteri Bottas was driving around the seventh turn of the circuit and found the piece of spoiler left from Vettel’s car. However, the Finn could not dodge it and ran over it. This was embedded in the chassis of the Mercedes and that was what caused the loss of performance that was so much talked about.
This brought Max Verstappen to him by leaps and bounds and he was eventually outmatched. Fortunately for Bottas, the Dutchman abandoned a couple of laps later, as a result of a blowout of the right rear tire. “I tried really hard to try to stop Max from passing by. I had to exceed all my limits, ”said Bottas.
“I didn’t have time to avoid it”
Bottas commented how he found the piece of carbon fiber and clarified that he could not avoid it. “On the second lap, suddenly at the seventh turn, there was rubble. I didn’t have time to avoid it. I aimed at least in the middle of the car, and tried not to go over it with the tires. Obviously it caused some damage or something that made the car difficult to drive, ”said Bottas.