Bottas: Hopefully all engine problems behind

In Austin, Valtteri Bottas started from ninth position due to another penalty for replacing the motor and could not recoup as quickly as he expected. He finished sixth and hopes that in the remaining races problems will be less.

Q: How was the race?
Valtteri Bottas: As I expected, it turned out to be difficult. In the first segment I got stuck behind the AlphaTauri riders, could not overtake them and lost quite a lot of time. Unfortunately there was no safety car to help me. I played several positions, but much slower than I hoped.

Q: This weekend you received a fine for replacing the engine. Will it be the last one this year?
Valtteri Bottas: Hope so. Now I have a supply of power plants. When the fight is so tight, points in the Constructors’ Cup are important to us, and if we lose even five positions due to a penalty, it can ruin the result.

Q: So you are looking forward to a quieter weekend in Mexico?
Valtteri Bottas: I hope everything goes smoothly there. This track is more suitable for Red Bull Racing, but I look forward to the race.

Question: In Mercedes you were informed about what the problems with the power plants are connected with?
Valtteri Bottas: Yes.

Question: Are you satisfied with their explanation? You were fined more often than Lewis …
Valtteri Bottas: I was often unlucky. Before putting the engine on the car, the team checks and tests everything – and I had more problems. We hope that now everything is over, but time will tell.

Q: Usually the track in Mexico did not fit Mercedes. What are your expectations from this race?
Valtteri Bottas: It will be hard. Red Bull Racing cars have always been fast there, their motors work efficiently in thin air, but we will try to take as many points from them as possible.

Q: Were you surprised by the speed of Red Bull Racing in Austin?
Valtteri Bottas: At the beginning of the weekend, their speed was impressive, but the difference in race pace was not as big as we predicted.

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