The Finn didn’t get away brilliantly from pole place in Mexico Metropolis final weekend, as Verstappen, who began proper behind him, was capable of drag up alongside him down a niche left on the skin of the monitor.
That opening was sufficient to permit Verstappen to outbrake Bottas and his Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton on the first nook, and snatch a lead he would maintain on to till the top of the race.
Hamilton and Mercedes boss Toto Wolff each expressed some annoyance on the method that Bottas had left a niche for Verstappen.
Nevertheless, on the Monday after the race, Hamilton toned down his remarks by posting reward for the job that Bottas has completed for the Mercedes workforce this yr.
Talking in Brazil on Thursday, Bottas mentioned that, having watched replays on the run to the primary nook, there have been issues he might have completed in a different way – however he says there is no such thing as a assure that it might have stopped Verstappen taking the lead.
“If I am very sincere to myself, it is easy to say afterwards most likely I might have completed issues completely different,” he defined.
“However in that second, I believed I used to be making the suitable choices. If I get to relive the second, possibly there was a option to block Max, or forestall him going outdoors, and possibly he would have had the prospect to go inside. I do not know.
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“It is certainly one of these items. However in the intervening time, I attempted my finest and that is all that I can do. And I’ve clearly watched the movies.
“If I might be in the identical state of affairs once more, possibly I might do a greater job. Possibly not.”
Whereas the Mexico race was a disappointment for Bottas, he thinks the tempo he confirmed to grab pole place does no less than give him encouragement about what it attainable within the remaining 4 races.
“It was a very good Saturday in Mexico and I really feel like if we received a pole in Mexico, I see no purpose why we should not be capable of battle for that in these previous couple of races,” he mentioned.
“So completely that must be the objective. However right here you realize, it’s kind of of a unique weekend format, and we additionally have to focus fairly a bit for Sunday.”