Bottas claims quickest lap level will make ‘large distinction’

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The additional level for quickest lap launched as from this Components 1 season will likely be essential in response to present championship chief Valtteri Bottas.

Bottas took the utmost 26 factors from the primary race of the season in Melbourne as the brand new season was delivered to a begin.

The Components 1 personnel confirmed earlier than the beginning of the season that an additional one level will likely be awarded to the driving force within the high 10 with the quickest lap time all through the race.

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The final time this was awarded in Components 1 races was again in 1959.

One of many primary causes behind the additional level is the truth that drivers might want to carry on giving their finest effort even on the finish of the race.

Because the Bahrain Grand Prix will get nearer, it’s Mercedes’ Bottas who leads the championship leaderboard, eight factors forward of final yr’s world champion and teammate Lewis Hamilton.

Bottas bought the primary quickest lap level in Melbourne as nicely.

Most likely the additional level will likely be contested by the highest three groups all through the entire season – i.e. Mercedes, Ferrari and Pink Bull.

Final season, it was just one time midfield driver set the race’s quickest lap – when Kevin Magnussen’s had brisker and softer tyres on the finish of the closing levels of the Singapore GP with respect to the opposite drivers.

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“Clearly it’s a degree and in the event you get three of these or extra it’s going to make an enormous distinction on the finish of the yr,” stated Bottas.

“One level could make a distinction in the long run.

“For certain we’re prepared to threat however nonetheless understanding that in the event you’re about to get 20 or 18 factors or 15, no matter, they’re nonetheless extra vital than getting one further so it is advisable calculate the danger.”

Bottas himself may have led to third place final season as an alternative of fifth had the quickest lap level been launched final yr with a doable seven factors further for seven quickest laps.


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