Bottas prefers punishing tracks despite 25G F1 Austrian GP crash

Mercedes's Valtteri Bottas says he prefers circuits that penalise mistakes following his 25G accident during second practice for Formula 1's Austrian Grand Prix

Bottas prefers punishing tracks despite 25G F1 Austrian GP crash

Bottas crashed heavily against the barriers after losing control of his Mercedes on the exit of the Turn 6 left-hander.

The damage was significant enough to prevent Bottas returning to the track, and the Mercedes driver admitted he prefers tracks like the Red Bull Ring, as it punishes drivers who go over the limit.

Bottas's comments come a week after track limits became a talking point during the French Grand Prix, most notably with Sergio Perez's penalty.

The Mercedes driver said: "It [natural track limits] makes a difference. Even though I crashed I do prefer to be penalised for the mistakes. It makes it more exciting.

"I think that is how it should be, and mistakes here definitely cost a lot with aggressive kerbs and minimal run-offs and everything."

Team-mate Lewis Hamilton also welcomed a return to a circuit where defined track limits mean mistakes are punished.

"I'm not a big fan of tracks like Paul Ricard, where you do have those run-off areas," said Hamilton.

"I remember back in the day when I was driving at Spa, going through Pouhon and the outside was gravel, it was so scary. The smallest mistake and you can really damage the car.

"So, going back to a track like this where you do have gravel, the penalty's there and you're definitely more nervous about it.

"You're braking into Turn 4 and you know if you go too deep, you're in the gravel, if you go too heavy and too quick into [Turn] 6, you know you're in the gravel, same in [Turn] 7.

"But also they've done it with quite serious kerbs on the exits of 9 and 10. That's positive. You shouldn't be able to run wide and come back on, easy-peasy."

Bottas, who managed to finish second in the afternoon despite the crash, confirmed he was OK.

He had also lost track time in the opening practice session due to Mercedes having to switch back to a previous-spec engine following an oil leak.

Despite his disrupted Friday, Bottas said he was confident he had found a good set-up direction for his car.

Bottas said: "That [engine change] compromised first practice a little bit but still found a clear direction on the car set-up and where to go, and made pretty big changes for FP2 and felt a lot better until I had the shunt.

"But before that, it was feeling quite nice. So overall a good feeling but other teams are quick as well."

shares
comments
Verstappen: Wind caused heavy F1 Austrian GP practice crash
Previous article

Verstappen: Wind caused heavy F1 Austrian GP practice crash

Next article

Sainz: McLaren's promising pace "sour feeling" with engine penalty

Sainz: McLaren's promising pace "sour feeling" with engine penalty
The Moss-Ferrari farce that current F1 drivers are thankfully spared Plus

The Moss-Ferrari farce that current F1 drivers are thankfully spared

Recent moves within the driver market have reminded MAURICE HAMILTON of a time when contracts weren’t worth the paper they weren’t written on…

Audi’s innovative first assault on grand prix racing Plus

Audi’s innovative first assault on grand prix racing

It has been a long time coming but Audi’s arrival in Formula 1 is finally on the horizon for 2026. But it won’t be its first foray into grand prix racing, as the German manufacturer giant has a history both long and enthralling

Formula 1
Sep 23, 2022
The seven factors powering Verstappen's 2022 F1 domination Plus

The seven factors powering Verstappen's 2022 F1 domination

After a tooth and nail and, at times, toxic Formula 1 world championship scrap last year, Max Verstappen's march to a second consecutive title has been the exact opposite. But has he really changed in 2022? Here's a dive into what factors have played a crucial role, both inside the Verstappen camp and elsewhere, in the Dutch driver's domination

Formula 1
Sep 23, 2022
Why Hamilton is still the man to keep driving Mercedes forward Plus

Why Hamilton is still the man to keep driving Mercedes forward

Lewis Hamilton’s words in a recent Vanity Fair interview define both his world-view and his approach to this season: one of perpetual struggle against adversity. As GP RACING explains, that’s what Lewis feeds off – and why, far from being down and nearly out, he’s using his unique skillset to spearhead Mercedes’ revival…

Formula 1
Sep 22, 2022
The time lag of ideas that offers intrigue over F1's future fight Plus

The time lag of ideas that offers intrigue over F1's future fight

The pecking order in 2022's Formula 1 season may look pretty static as the season draws to a close, but the unique nature of the cost cap means that preparation for next season takes precedence. New developments are being pushed back to 2023 - which could mask the technical development war ongoing...

Formula 1
Sep 22, 2022
How one retro event could prove an alluring prospect for Formula 1 stars Plus

How one retro event could prove an alluring prospect for Formula 1 stars

While Formula 1 drivers taking part in retro events can prove costly, as Charles Leclerc discovered at the Monaco Historic Grand Prix, the Goodwood Revival could prove an interesting experiment for today's stars. As the event's own Tourist Trophy race proves it means serious business, a race for current F1 drivers feels as though it’s in line with where the event is currently at

Goodwood Revival
Sep 21, 2022
The surprise biggest indicator of Ferrari's 2022 F1 points downfall Plus

The surprise biggest indicator of Ferrari's 2022 F1 points downfall

Looking back to the early races of 2022 and Ferrari’s challenge to Red Bull and Max Verstappen was going better than many expected. But it has lost so much ground a surprise rival can even pip Charles Leclerc to runner-up in the standings if given the chance

Formula 1
Sep 20, 2022
How Tyrrell and Stewart forged parallel paths to F1 stardom Plus

How Tyrrell and Stewart forged parallel paths to F1 stardom

The young Ken Tyrrell was barely 
aware of motor racing – until a trip with 
his village football team to the British
 Grand Prix set him on the road to
 becoming a Formula 1 constructor. MAURICE HAMILTON details the humble beginning of Tyrrell and how Ken linked up with Jackie Stewart…

Formula 1
Sep 19, 2022