Valtteri Bottas expects Red Bull to fall soon

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Valtteri Bottas does not expect Red Bull to remain a part of the fight at the front of the Formula 1 field in the near future, despite its strong showing in the Monaco Grand Prix.
A good strategy call with Daniel Ricciardo allowed Red Bull to exploit the overcut in Monte Carlo to leapfrog Bottas during the pit stop phase – knocking Mercedes off the podium for the first time this year.
But despite recent updates having helped Red Bull move forward with its car, Bottas suspects that its strength in Monaco was more down to the track characteristics – and with power tracks coming up, it may be a while before Red Bull returns to form.
“I reckon for now it’s just Monaco because it’s such a unique track,” said the Finn about whether he felt Red Bull was again a permanent threat.
“It’s all about downforce and mechanical grip, and having a good car over the bumps and change of direction. Canada is very different, it’s full of medium-speed corners and chicanes.
“I think they are going to be [competitive] sooner or later. They are a strong team and they can make very quick cars, so we should not underestimate them. But I reckon Canada will be a bit more tricky for them.”
Valtteri Bottas said his hopes of holding on to the podium spot in Monaco were dashed by problems looking after tyres and managing brake temperatures,
“For sure it’s disappointing because third was possible but we definitely were more unlucky as well compared to
Red Bull and Ricciardo,” he said.
“While I was stuck behind Sainz, with overheating brakes, Daniel was setting good lap times. The pace of the Red Bulls was quite strong as well, they were going to challenge us.
“They saw the opportunity and they took it so for us it’s disappointing to lose a few points like that. For sure we are not happy with the amount of points we are leaving Monaco [with].”
However, Valtteri Bottas knows that the weekend picture could have been completely different if he had found just a little bit more speed in qualifying – where he ended up just 0.045 seconds off pole position.
“I think it was one of the best qualy laps I’ve ever done, at least it was the best lap over here and it felt very good,” said the Finn. “It could’ve been a completely different Sunday with five hundredths better but that’s gone and ‘if’ you can always say.”

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