Bottas frustrated with himself after mistake
16 March 2014 – Williams driver Valtteri Bottas says he is "quite mad" with himself after being forced to make an unscheduled pit-stop when he clipped the wall and lost his right-rear tyre during the Australian Grand Prix.
The Finn had been running sixth and chasing down Ferrari's Fernando Alonso when he slid wide at Turn 10 on the 10th lap, with the subsequent littered debris signalling the only Safety Car period of the afternoon.
Although he recovered to the top six before the chequered flag fell, Bottas was left to rue what could have been possible without the error.
"I'm quite mad with myself for the mistake," said Bottas, who ultimately finished three quarters of a minute behind race winner Nico Rosberg.
"I'm not so happy about that but I need to learn from it. I won't make that mistake again."
He added: "After that the race went well and we had good pace. I was trying to recover and make up for the mistake as much as I could. We have to see how much time we lost but it was my mistake."
Despite the crash, Williams Deputy Team Principal Claire Williams heaped praise on Bottas for his performance.
"My word, Valtteri drove an amazing race," Williams told Sky Sports. "Valtteri's a safe pair of hands and always so calm and collected. I think he overtook about 20 cars; he made clean passes and did a good job."
Williams has already scored five more points than it collected throughout the entire 2013 campaign.