Valtteri Bottas has defined the “defensive” technique he employed within the season finale at Abu Dhabi to stop Aston Martin from eclipsing Alfa Romeo within the battle for sixth within the championship.
Alfa Romeo and Aston Martin ended the season stage on factors, however Alfa Romeo took the P6 championship place as, out of each groups’ 4 drivers, Bottas took one of the best results of the season with P5 at Imola.
In his two hundredth F1 begin, the Finnish driver completed fifteenth in Abu Dhabi however defined that he adopted a one-stop technique to quickly keep forward of – and decelerate – the two-stopping Aston Martins, with Lance Stroll finally ending eighth and Sebastian Vettel tenth to place the 2 groups stage on factors within the standings.
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“I think that’s all [that] mattered today was to get the P6, so I think that’s why my strategy was also quite defensive, so I tried to go long and play with the green cars when they came through,” stated Bottas. “It was nerve-wracking at the end because we finished on equal points to them and only got them because we had one better result.”
Bottas’s workforce mate Zhou Guanyu employed the identical technique to decelerate the Aston Martins and he completed twelfth within the season finale.
After securing sixth within the championship, which Alfa Romeo final achieved in 1983 and Sauber final achieved in 2012, Bottas, who joined the workforce this 12 months, added: “[It’s been] enjoyable and really constructive. I think the team spirit has been growing throughout the whole year. I’m expecting a lot from the future, so, it’s been good fun.”
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Team Principal Fred Vasseur was elated after Abu Dhabi, and stated: “Tonight is the crowning of an unimaginable job by everybody within the workforce, each trackside and in Hinwil.
“Finishing in P6 in the championship surpasses our expectations and the targets we had set at the beginning of the season, so we can thoroughly say that this season was a success: I am proud of what we have achieved, but this is just another starting point on which we want to build.”