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Bottas Jeddah Q1 Frustration 2024

Bottas Frustrated in Jeddah, Misses Q2 Spot

08/03/2024

Valtteri Bottas’s Q1 exit at Jeddah sparks frustration, as impediments thwart his Q2 hopes. Both he and Guanyu Zhou face challenges ahead.

Valtteri Bottas was unable to get past Q1, clocking in at 16th at Jeddah. The Stake F1 driver voiced frustrations about being impeded and believes he could have advanced to Q2 without the hindrance. He is hopeful of avoiding any incidents at the start.

“It was a decent session until the last lap; I should have made it out of Q1 but got held up by other cars, clearly an obstruction, so it’s frustrating,” Bottas stated. “We stand a better chance on race day, although the starting position isn’t ideal. We’re in the carbon zone (laughs), so we’ll need to steer clear of any trouble.”

Guanyu Zhou was unable to qualify due to an accident in EL3. His mechanics finished the repairs 1 minute and 50 seconds before the end of Q1, but it wasn’t enough for a fast lap.

“Physically, I feel good. It was an unexpected crash at a corner taken at full speed. I lost the rear, the wind was tricky, and it cost me in qualifying. I was close to setting a lap but couldn’t manage,” Zhou remarked.

The Chinese driver noted progress: “It’s a step forward as a team, but we couldn’t capitalize on it. Starting from the back of the grid, we’ll do our best. It’s challenging with minimal degradation, but we’re looking ahead to the race.”

Bottas Jeddah Q1 Frustration 2024. Bottas Jeddah Q1 Frustration 2024

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