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Bottas: Frustrated, I wasn’t allowed to overtake Massa

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Bottas: Frustrated, I wasn’t allowed to overtake Massa
Valtteri Bottas says that, he was disappointed to be disallowed from fighting teammate Felipe Massa when he had the gain during the British GP.

Early part of the race Bottas was push hard on his team-mate but Williams gave the drivers the team order not to race each other before later telling the Finn he could overtake if the pass was clean.

Bottas was later informed he could attack Massa, but replied on the radio that it was “too late” as his tyres lost their edge.

“No one should let anyone by, I think,” Bottas said.

“That’s not racing. But of course it would have been nice to be able to race. At that point when I had the best opportunities, I wasn’t allowed to overtake. Obviously then, we were allowed to race after but then I never had that opportunity again as the tyres started to wear behind him.

“I think the team wanted, because we were in very good positions, to settle things down. They didn’t want us to lose time battling, so I think that was the thinking behind it. But of course for me it was disappointing the situation, but it’s very easy to say afterwards. There were possibly things we could have done better today in the race.”

“When it started to rain for sure we stopped one lap too late, but the rain really hit us when we were around the pit entry area, and the corner after, so then we needed to pit. You know Vettel behind me, he could react, he saw we were struggling, so he could pit.

“So I think we were also unlucky. Things didn’t go our way today, we would have preferred definitely a dry race and then there would have been possibility for much more points. So not our day, but what was good about today was that we had really strong pace at the beginning. We were even fighting, even for the win.”

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