Valtteri Bottas says “strange clutch behaviour” that he has never experienced before was to blame for his sluggish getaway at the start of Formula 1’s Spanish Grand Prix.
Like in Baku, Bottas, who convincingly beat Lewis Hamilton to pole position, was the slower of the two Mercedes drivers off the line as Hamilton snatched the lead of the race at Turn 1.
It proved crucial to the final outcome of the race, with Hamilton pulling clear into a comfortable lead and ultimately securing a convincing victory in Spain.
“It was pretty tight but I lost it at the start,” Bottas explained.
Bottas conceded that it was “game over” following the start with Hamilton able to control proceedings as he reclaimed the lead of the drivers’ championship from the Finn.