Bottas 'had to save everything' to finish
10 June 2014 – Valtteri Bottas has blamed the timing of his second pit-stop for his failure to finish higher than seventh in the Canadian Grand Prix.
Bottas ran fourth in the early stages in his Williams, but suffered from overheating problems after his second stop on lap 35 when he got caught up behind the one-stopping Force India of Nico Hülkenberg. He tried to pass the German at the hairpin on lap 57 but ran wide and then lost out to his team-mate, Felipe Massa.
Bottas was also later passed by Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button, dropping him to ninth, although he of course gained two places at the end when Sergio Pérez and Massa had their coming together.
"The beginning of the race was okay but Red Bull was a little bit stronger than expected, so we were looking to fight for fourth position," Bottas noted.
"We need to look back at the second pitstop though in terms of timing and the stop because I didn't come back out where I should have.
"I was then in traffic, stuck behind the Force India, which overheated the engine and brakes, and I had to save everything to get to the flag."
"Not our day really," he added.