Bottas Canadian GP fuel scare led to unseen close Verstappen finish

Valtteri Bottas says his "critical" fuel situation at the end of Formula 1's Canadian Grand Prix led to Max Verstappen almost overtaking him at the finish line

Bottas Canadian GP fuel scare led to unseen close Verstappen finish

While confusion caused by the chequered flag being waved early meant the race result was taken at the end of lap 68, the drivers completed the full race distance, and Bottas crossed the line at the end of lap 70 just one tenth of a second ahead of Verstappen in third.

Their close finish - caused by Bottas lifting off at the line because he feared he was going to run out of fuel - was not shown on the live TV broadcast, although it ultimately proved irrelevant as it would have had no impact on the race result.

"Everyone had to save fuel but I think Ferrari had pace in hand so they could start fuel-saving in the first stint," said Bottas.

"At that time we were trying to push and get closer to them and worry about it later.

"We used quite a bit of fuel in the first stint so I had to save quite a lot in the second stint.

"I don't think I finished with any fuel at the end of the race, even [with] the big lift just before the start/finish line, which is why Max got really close because we were so critical on fuel."

Bottas said he "wouldn't have made it" if the race was one lap longer, although Verstappen said that was not a particularly relevant point as teams base their fuel calculations precisely on the actual race distance.

"Valtteri was very precise," he joked. "He lifted off a bit earlier and I just kept it flat so it was actually very close at the line.

"If there wasn't a problem with fuel or whatever, it would have been very hard to get by because it was quite tricky to follow within a second [of the car ahead], but I gave it all I had."

Bottas said even by using more fuel in the opening stint he could not keep up with Vettel, who told him he was managing his pace from the beginning.

"We tried really hard to push Ferrari in the first stint but we just couldn't match the pace," said Bottas.

"Speaking to Sebastian after the race they were kind of managing it - he said he was saving fuel all through the race consistently.

"We were giving it all we had for the first stint to try to keep up with them, to be there when the pitstops were going to happen.

"We didn't have enough pace for that. They had a small margin they could use to save fuel and control the race."

shares
comments
Perez surprised Sainz was not penalised for Canada F1 restart clash
Previous article

Perez surprised Sainz was not penalised for Canada F1 restart clash

Next article

How Vettel and Ferrari turned 'disaster' into triumph

How Vettel and Ferrari turned 'disaster' into triumph
Load comments
Why Ferrari is sure its long-term Leclerc investment will be vindicated Plus

Why Ferrari is sure its long-term Leclerc investment will be vindicated

Humble yet blisteringly quick, Charles Leclerc is the driver Ferrari sees as its next
 world champion, and a rightful heir to the greats of Ferrari’s past – even though, by the team’s own admission, he’s not the finished article yet. Here's why it is confident that the 24-year-old can be the man to end a drought stretching back to 2008

The downside to F1's show and tell proposal Plus

The downside to F1's show and tell proposal

Technology lies at the heart of the F1 story and it fascinates fans, which is why the commercial rights holder plans to compel teams to show more of their ‘secrets’. STUART CODLING fears this will encourage techno-quackery…

Formula 1
Nov 29, 2021
How getting sacked gave Mercedes F1’s tech wizard lasting benefits Plus

How getting sacked gave Mercedes F1’s tech wizard lasting benefits

He’s had a hand in world championship-winning Formula 1 cars for Benetton, Renault and Mercedes, and was also a cog in the Schumacher-Ferrari axis. Having recently ‘moved upstairs’ as Mercedes chief technical officer, James Allison tells STUART CODLING about his career path and why being axed by Benetton was one of the best things that ever happened to him

Formula 1
Nov 28, 2021
The remarkable qualities that propelled Kubica’s F1 comeback Plus

The remarkable qualities that propelled Kubica’s F1 comeback

It’s easy to look at
 Robert Kubica’s second Formula 1 career and feel a sense of sadness that he didn’t reach the heights for which he seemed destined. But as BEN ANDERSON discovered, performance and results are almost meaningless in this context – something more fundamental and incredible happened…

Formula 1
Nov 27, 2021
The humbling changes Ricciardo made to deliver the goods for McLaren  Plus

The humbling changes Ricciardo made to deliver the goods for McLaren 

From being lapped by his own team-mate in Monaco to winning at Monza, it’s been a tumultuous first season at McLaren for Daniel Ricciardo. But, as he tells STUART CODLING, there’s more to the story of his turnaround than having a lovely summer holiday during Formula 1's summer break...

Formula 1
Nov 26, 2021
The potential benefits of losing the F1 constructors' title Plus

The potential benefits of losing the F1 constructors' title

As the battle continues to rage over the F1 2021 drivers' championship, teams up and down the grid are turning their attentions to the prize money attributed to each position in the constructors' standings. But F1's sliding scale rules governing windtunnel and CFD use will soften the blow for those who miss out on the top places

Formula 1
Nov 25, 2021
The invisible enemy that’s made Hamilton’s title charge tougher Plus

The invisible enemy that’s made Hamilton’s title charge tougher

After winning his past few Formula 1 titles at a canter, Lewis Hamilton currently trails Max Verstappen by eight points heading into the final double-header of 2021. Although Red Bull has been his biggest on-track challenge, Hamilton feels that he has just as much to grapple with away from the circuit

Formula 1
Nov 24, 2021
Why F1’s inconvenient penalties have to stay Plus

Why F1’s inconvenient penalties have to stay

OPINION: Quibbles over the length of time taken by Formula 1's stewards over decisions are entirely valid. But however inconvenient it is, there can be no questioning the importance of having clearly defined rules that everyone understands and can stick to. Recent events have shown that ambiguity could have big consequences

Formula 1
Nov 23, 2021