Bottas left to lament late-race tyre wear
23 October 2017 – Valtteri Bottas conceded that it was "not possible" for him to execute a one-stop strategy, after the Finn struggled with the durability of his Soft tyres.
Bottas swatted aside an early threat from Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo to hold third and emerged in the hunt for second, as he and team-mate Lewis Hamilton, along with Kimi Räikkönen, stopped just once.
While Hamilton maintained a buffer up front, Bottas was overhauled by Räikkönen, before falling prey to the two-stopping Sebastian Vettel and Max Verstappen.
Bottas ultimately stopped for a second time during the closing stages, after a lock-up, and trailed home fifth, continuing his difficult run of form.
"Today was a tough day for me," said Bottas.
"In the first three-quarters of the race, everything was going quite well and the pace was not bad.
"However, I couldn't make the one-stop strategy work with all the fighting with Sebastian and Kimi in the second stint.
"That was wearing the Soft tyres off quite a bit, they started to go and it simply was not possible to stick to just one stop.
"I tried everything I could to defend, but it was too late, so unfortunately we had to pit again.
"I'm still disappointed with my race, and I will need a few moments to get over it."
Bottas is now mathematically out of contention for this year's championship.