Mercedes Formula 1 driver Valtteri Bottas is frustrated by Lewis Hamilton’s qualifying consistency this year, saying it “pisses” him off.
The Silver Arrows secured their second 1-2 of the season around the Spa Francorchamps circuit on Sunday, but on both occasions, Hamilton has been the one who has ended up victorious and the six time world champion is now 50 points clear of Bottas in the driver’s championship.
The Belgian Grand Prix was only the second time Bottas has finished in the top two since the opening round of the season, but despite that, the Finn believes that his race pace has been the best it ever has and that he needs to do more work in qualifying.
“Of course I’m trying everything I can. The fact is that it’s not over. There’s ten or something races.” said Bottas in Sunday’s FIA press conference.
“Obviously I had that one kind of a DNF with a puncture at Silverstone, lost points with that.
“If I would give up now then I would rather stay home, so I will keep pushing, I will still keep trying to find anything from myself that I can and it just really trying to perfect everything.
“Yesterday I didn’t in qualifying, Lewis was on pole, he was faster on that lap then today with that pole he could turn it into a win.
“Of course the weekend really starts with qualifying, trying to be on pole and then those weekends that don’t go for you, you really need to maximise the points.”
Bottas was last on pole position for the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix and hasn’t been able to match Hamilton in qualifying in the last two rounds, and he acknowledged that he needs to work on that harder, because Hamilton’s qualifying record really annoys him.
“I think yesterday I found it hard to match.” said Bottas when talking about Saturday’s qualifying session.
“Of course it always comes from so many details, the out laps, getting the tyres in the perfect window, front and rear, the set-up and driving style.
“And when that one lap counts yes, yeah, Lewis has been really consistent, not making any mistakes in qualifying and as you look at the numbers, has had the upper hand this year in qualifying, which honestly pisses me off.
“But, of course I’m trying and I do enjoy the challenge and I can’t wait for the next qualifying session next weekend.”