Valtteri Bottas says he expected Alfa Romeo to be stronger in Monaco than he proved in qualifying after being eliminated in Q2.
Bottas only managed 12th on the grid – his worst joint qualifying of the season – on the streets of Monte Carlo. He improved his time on his last attempt in Q2, but just enough to move from 15th to 12th on the grid. His teammate, Zhou Guanyu, was eliminated the slowest of all in Q1.
Asked by RaceFans if the team’s worst qualifying results of the season were unique due to the unique nature of the Monaco circuit, Bottas said he was surprised the team hadn’t shown much more pace. fast over the weekend.
“I feel like this result today is a bit of an outlier,” Bottas said. “I think the performance of the car should be better.
“I think it’s track-related and the opposite of what I thought – I thought we were going to be great here, but it turns out not. Again, the next race [Baku] is a street track again, but I think the car is still good, it just wasn’t suitable for this race today.
The Alfa Romeo driver had experienced another interrupted weekend when an MGU-K failure prevented him from making a meaningful run in Friday’s first practice session. However, Bottas believes losing an hour of racing did not compromise his qualifying performance.
“I actually felt like I found a good rhythm, even though I missed the session,” Bottas said.
“I had a good day today to get a feel for the setup, grip and everything. I felt like I was confident – I don’t think it’s about that. I think it was just because we weren’t fast enough here, which is weird because I really thought we would be fast, but that’s something we have to understand.
Bottas said Alfa Romeo had to learn from their unexpected lack of pace this weekend.
“It’s important to learn,” he says. “I feel like it’s something to do with the mechanics of the car, because I think most of the time we lose in sector two with these twisted corners and the handling isn’t very good. the low. So it could be something related to that.
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