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Bottas: Mexico's soft tyre final stage could be 'different story'

Bottas finished 10th at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez on Sunday to secure his first points since the Canadian Grand Prix in June, but after 6th he looks poised for more points big score.

Bottas dropped to 8th at the start but managed to stop Alpine’s Esteban Ocon in the opening stages before switching to hard on lap 39 fetal.

Not only did Bottas do the same tire change seven laps ago, but he also lost to McLaren driver Daniel Ricciardo in the closing stages And Lando Norris, Ricciardo was late for the soft tyres.

The Finns came under late pressure from Pierre Gasly and Alex Albon, both of whom also switched from mid to soft in the closing stages, but managed to hold on to P10 .

Bottas, who announced Wednesday for the 2023 championship in Sweden, said his race proved to be “difficult, especially in the second stage on hard tyres”. Going through similar struggles as other riders who ran hard in the second half of the race.

“I just couldn’t get the tires to work, especially the front axle,” Bottas explained. “It’s been below the working range.

“I think if I could race again, I would definitely go for the softs [in the final stint]. Some cars really fly on soft tires. ”

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Fernando Alonso (Alpine A522) Leading Lando Norris, McLaren MCL36 and Valtteri Bottas, Alfa Romeo C42

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Bottas explained that he tried hard tires in FP1 and felt “good”, although he admitted it was “easy to say in hindsight” which he was using Wrong decision on the tyres.

But on a day when Aston Martin failed to make further progress in Alfa Romeo’s race for sixth place, he got it from the score Some consolation. Constructors’ championship.

Aston Martin’s recent surge in form has seen the gap narrow to just three points ahead of Mexico, only for Bottas’ result to give Alfa Romeo one more point this year There are still two races to play.

“If you change a tire, it could be a completely different situation,” he said.

“At least one point. I think it’s been 10 games since I last scored. So it’s important, at least we outscored Aston. “

When asked if Alfa Romeo’s pace in Mexico was due to its late-season upgrades or a more specific track, Bottas expressed optimism to keep it that way.

“We’ll see in the next games,” he said.

“Our third quarter in Austin, should be in points, so I hope the last two games are It is so. I don’t see why we shouldn’t be there. “

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