Bottas retired from Saudi to save the engine

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Bottas retired from Saudi to save the engine

Alfa Romeo made the decision to retire Valtteri Bottas’ C42 in Saudi Arabia to hopeful save him from a late-season engine penalty.

Preventing for sixth place on the Jeddah Corniche Circuit, the Finn pulled into the pits with on lap 46 to retire his Alfa Romeo.

The crew confirmed that evening that it was a cooling challenge with Bottas hoping that the choice to park the automobile saved the engine.

He advised F1 TV: “It was a very good race till we noticed the difficulty with the engine temperature, it began to go up.

“It was initially a small rise within the engine temp however that it was fast and even with raise and coast and discovering clear air it was going as much as the purpose that the engine was prone to failing.

“We retired the automobile to not lose the engine, that was the one possibility.”

Bottas retired from Saudi to save the engine

This 12 months the Formulation 1 drivers are as soon as once more restricted to a few of the Inner Combustion Engine, turbocharger, MGU-H and MGU-Ok earlier than they incur penalties whereas the Vitality Retailer and the Management Electronics are restricted to 2.

Requested if his Ferrari energy unit would have the ability to go into the pool for later within the season, he replied: “I hope so, needs to be okay however that’s why we stopped. If we had continued, it might have been gone.”

Though the Saudi weekend ended points-less for Alfa Romeo, Guanyu Zhou down in eleventh place after two penalties, Bottas says there are loads of positives that the crew can draw from the weekend.

He certified inside the highest ten, P8, and was racing for sixth place when he retired the automobile.

“I believe efficiency smart in comparison with different groups it felt fairly much like Bahrain,” he stated.

“I believe we’re combating for sixth place kind of.

“It was good to see that even with this totally different monitor, extra excessive velocity, we’re up there combating.

“That offers me hope for the approaching races and I believe we’re not in a foul place.”

There are, nonetheless, nonetheless just a few niggles for the crew to resolve.

Whereas Bottas had a clutch challenge off the road in Bahrain, Zhou’s anti-stalled kicked in as he clipped a kerb whereas altering gears at Flip 1 in Saudi Arabia.


Bottas stated: “My begin was higher than in Bahrain, not nonetheless excellent so yeah there’s work to do with the “digital programs for lap 1 and in addition reliability.

“I believe these are the principle issues in any other case yeah it’s good.”


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