Valtteri Bottas ‘mad’ at himself over error

Valtteri Bottas says he will use his brush with the wall during the Australian Grand Prix as a learning experience.

The Finn made a spectacular start to the race for Williams, making up five places on the first lap from 15th on the grid following a gearbox penalty, before charging his way through the field up to sixth.

However his initial progress was quickly undone, a brush with the wall on the outside of Turn 10 causing a puncture.

Bottas was able to get going again, ultimately finishing sixth, but was left to rue what might have been without the unscheduled stop.

“I’m quite mad at myself for the mistake,” he said. “Not so happy about that. I guess I just need to learn from it. I’m pretty sure I’m not going to do that kind of mistake again.

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