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Vettel still not convinced Bottas start was legal

Valtteri Bottas successively made a perfect-fast start and it was investigated by race stewards – but cleared – for possibly jumping the lights.

During the race the stewards and FIA data have said start was perfect, but Sebastian Vettel still isn’t convinced Bottas start was legal.

When told of Bottas’s reaction time of 0.2s, he replied: “Hmmm… I don’t believe that.”

The Finn managed to hold off Vettel who had closed right behind in a cliffhanger last lap.

“I had a bit of deja-vu in the end from Russia, Vettel was catching up but the problem was I had a massive (tyre) blister,” Bottas said on the podium.

“At the beginning I could control the race but it was trickier towards the end. I’m really happy, it’s only the second win in my career.”

Is Sebastian Vettel happy with second place?

“How would you feel if you were just shy of a half a second behind the winner??” Vettel told the source SKY F1. “It was very close. I was told that he was in trouble and I was pushing anyway. I felt much happier in the second stint, in the first half of the race I was struggling a bit to feel the car.

“But as soon as we put on the supersoft tyre the car came alive and I had really good pace. I was catching little by little and he obviously struggled. I think I needed one more lap because he was really struggling to get up the hill. I obviously wanted to win, but nevertheless a good result.”

And what about Bottas’ quick start?

“I was pretty sure he jumped it.”

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