Bottas: Blocking Vettel became 'my mission'

2017-05-17 22:16
Valtteri Bottas (TEAMtalk Media)

Cape Town - Valtteri Bottas has said he made it his "mission" to slow Sebastian Vettel down at the Spanish Grand Prix.

Vettel bemoaned the fact that he lost "a lot of time" behind the Finn which eventually allowed Lewis Hamilton to overtake for his second win of the 2017 season.

Bottas was struggling for pace after being involved in a first-lap incident with Kimi Raikkonen and Max Verstappen, but was able to impact the race somewhat before his engine blew out.

“I was doing everything I could to keep Sebastian behind and make him lose time, that’s how it goes," Bottas told

“That was my job and mission at that point. But the pace difference was too big and eventually he got past.”

“But I think I definitely helped the team. I hope it made a bit of a difference and at least we managed as a team to grow the small points difference to Ferrari which is good.

"But it could have been a lot bigger with both of us finishing strong.”


What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Hypothetically, given the same cars to drive, who is the most talented current Formula One driver in your opinion?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.