The Mercedes driver won’t be formally credited with pole for the Monza occasion after the FIA determined that the accolade would normally go to the winner of F1 dash occasions, that are being trialled at three occasions this season.
However Mercedes’ decision to give Bottas his fourth engine of 2021 ahead of Friday evening qualifying – one thing crew trackside engineering director Andrew Shovlin mentioned was all the way down to it noticing “a problem with Valtteri’s energy unit in direction of the top of [FP1] and we did not have infinite time to research so we determined to take a brand new energy unit while there was nonetheless time to vary it” – means he’ll drop to the again of the grid for Sunday’s grand prix.
After chasing Bottas throughout Saturday’s sprint race, following title rival Lewis Hamilton’s poor begin from alongside his Mercedes team-mate on the entrance row, second place dash finisher Max Verstappen is as a substitute set to be formally credited with the official pole.
As per the often-cited state of affairs of Michael Schumacher not getting the official pole stat for the 2012 Monaco GP (which went to eventual race winner Mark Webber) as he served a grid penalty for crashing into Bruno Senna’s Williams on the earlier occasion in Spain, Verstappen will possible add the Monza pole to his earlier 10 as he’ll begin from first on the grid on Sunday.
When requested how irritating it was to have successfully taken pole twice – contemplating the motive force on high in Q3 has acquired pole at each race between Bahrain 2006 and Silverstone 2021, the place F1 held its first dash race experiment – Bottas replied: “For certain it’s annoying having accomplished an excellent final two days.
“Good efficiency and then you definitely sort of reset utterly for the day after and begin from the again.
“However these sort of issues, they’re out of my fingers so I’m not going to waste an excessive amount of power or be too unfavourable about it as a result of there’s nothing completely I can do about it.
“The one factor I can do is attempt my finest and go full gasoline tomorrow.
“However no less than I obtained just a few factors – each level counts. For me personally and for us as a crew. And a fantastic medal.”
Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes W12
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When it got here to how he feels about beginning final for Sunday’s grand prix occasion after a “good” Monza occasion to date, Bottas mentioned: “What can I say?
“It’s been [a] good weekend to date after which I’ve a grid penalty. That occurs.
“Nevertheless it’s good to see that we’ve a powerful automotive right here, good tempo. I’ll be combating tomorrow to return as excessive as I can.
“[A] podium is feasible. Something is feasible to be trustworthy.
“When you have a look at the race final 12 months [and] what occurred [with Pierre Gasly winning a chaotic and disrupted race], you by no means know so I’ll preserve pushing.”