Finn was running fifth ahead of George Russell and Lewis Hamilton when he ran wide and touched the wall on the Turn 17 hairpin with eight laps left, giving two positions to the Mercedes drivers.
Despite the obvious disappointment with the lost points, Vasseur insisted he was still content with seventh, especially since crashing into FP1 meant Bottas lost all of FP2 and thus missed precious time. of the track at the new venue.
“I don’t know if it’s pressure,” Vasseur said when asked by Motorsport.com if Bottas is trying to stay ahead of his former team.
“I don’t know what exactly happened. But I’m more than happy with the work done.
“It’s a strange feeling now. First I think that when we did the summary of the weekend we were first behind the top three, and I think it’s a good result for us, a very strong result for the team.
“We have to remember that last year P7 was probably our best result, and probably less than that. And overall it was a very strong weekend from the team with P5 in qualifying.
“In the first stint we were medium faster than Lewis, we avoided. But for sure we knew it was a bit harder for the race, because we didn’t make long stints on Friday, and we had no idea about deg of the tire and so on.
“Ten laps before the end we’re at P5 because Russell has to pit and Lewis is behind us. The last couple of laps didn’t come in our direction.”
Valtteri Bottas, Alfa Romeo C42
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Alfa Romeo’s head of trackside engineering Xevi Pujolar lamented the fact that Bottas was comfortable heading into fifth until the safety vehicle gave Russell a free stop for fresh tires, and allowed both W13s to sit in the rear. he had to restart.
“I think, without the safety car, we would have been ahead of the Mercedes cars,” the Spaniard said. “Without the safety vehicle, we were in a reasonably comfortable position there. When we increased the speed, our pace was good.
“Then came the safety car [at the right time] for Russell, which he was waiting for, but I think we are in a reasonably good position. After the safety vehicle, we had more difficulty than them restarting, we needed a few more laps to get up to speed.
“It’s probably a point we’ll try to look at for the future, without affecting the consistency we have. They seem to be harder in the middle until the end of the stints.”
About Bottas ’early advantage over Hamilton, Pujolar added.
“We wanted to extend, so at first we were just looking at the wheels and watching what the people behind us were doing, trying to control what was going on.
“At one point, we told Valtteri that he was OK to push a little more, we were comfortable with the wheels at this point, and when he started pushing it seemed like Hamilton was starting to struggle on his side. Maybe he was pushing. more than us in the beginning. “