Valtteri Bottas will start the race for the Saudi Grand Prix from the second position, between two title candidates. The Finnish driver admits that he wants to win the race, but also reminds that the priority is to win the constructors' championship and to help Lewis win the title in a fight with Max Verstappen.
In qualifying for the Saudi Grand Prix, Mercedes reached 1-2 starting positions that could be very valuable for both titles. Bottas had problems before qualifying because the German team was forced to install an old power unit after a leak in the fuel tank.
Even that problem took its toll on early qualifying as his W12 stalled at the entrance to the pits. Despite everything, the Mercedes mechanics solved the problem in time and Valtteri managed to complete the session without any major problems.
"Qualifications were very important. I had problems in the third free practice, and the guys (mechanics) had to change the engine. They managed to finish the car before qualifying." "The last lap was at the border.
It’s a tough track, pressing lap after lap… It’s hard, ”Valtteri told the qualifiers.
Bottas will have a very important role in today's race because Max Verstappen will be right behind him.
The Dutch driver made a mistake in the last qualifying round which left him without a pole position, but because of that, he will face a race with a greater hunger for victory. The Finn also wants to be on the top step of the podium, but he is also clear that the team is a priority.
Mercedes is ahead of Red Bull in the constructors 'championship, while Hamilton is fighting for the title with Verstappen, so Bottas' job will be more important than ever. The 32-year-old is aware of the situation he is in, and has already announced that he wants to leave Mercedes with the 5th title.
That is why he gives preference to this fight because Hamilton is fighting for the champion, and the Briton said that Valtteri is the best teammate in the history of F1. "Of course I want to win, but the constructors' championship comes first.
Lewis is fighting for the title, not me, ”said Valtteri Bottas It has never been more exciting and we will see if Finn can help his colleague continue to dominate, or Max will still ruin their plans.. We will see in the next period..