After troubled follow periods in Baku his team-mate Lewis Hamilton discovered further pace for each qualifying and the race, however Bottas was by no means in a position to get well.
He certified solely tenth having contributed to second place for Hamilton by giving him a tow.
Though he maintained tenth early on he light to 14th on the pink flag, claiming twelfth by the end after Hamilton went off on the restart and Williams driver Nicholas Latifi was penalised.
The troublesome Baku race got here instantly after a disastrous outing for Bottas in Monaco, the place a problem with a caught wheel compelled him to retire within the pits.
Lando Norris, McLaren MCL35M, Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes W12
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“It was truly fairly comparable feeling to yesterday and in addition Friday,” he mentioned when requested by Autosport about the reason for his disappointing race. “Actually the primary difficulty was lack of tempo and simply not being fast sufficient.
“In the present day fairly early on within the race I may see that I simply didn’t match the automobiles forward, particularly when one of many Aston Martins was forward of me, I simply couldn’t sustain. I’m confused, and it’s actually bizarre.”
Hamilton opted for a decrease downforce rear wing for qualifying and the race, however Bottas mentioned it was too early to say if that made the distinction.
“I believe it’s one thing we have to assessment, however we all know it’s not going to be a lot. It’s going to be most one-tenth, so I don’t assume that’s they key factor.
“We began the weekend with the identical wing, and nonetheless I’ve been on a regular basis behind Lewis by fairly an enormous margin.”
Bottas admitted that Baku was one of the crucial troublesome occasions that he has skilled.
“I can’t bear in mind this type of weekend,” he defined.
“There’s been weekends that I’ve had dangerous periods, however at all times at level I’ve had the tempo. However this weekend it’s been on a regular basis there, and throughout the weekend I haven’t understood what’s unsuitable.
“I do know myself when there’s the restrict and I can’t go sooner, and you then’re nonetheless six, seven, eight-tenths behind. It’s not regular. So it’s one thing we have to perceive earlier than going to France.
“We would discover one thing within the automotive, but when not, then the one factor, it should be the tyres. However we’re working the identical tyre pressures and identical temperatures. So I’m eager to search out out, however for the time being I don’t know.”
Bottas hopes that the Baku race will simply be a blip earlier than F1 returns to a extra conventional venue in Paul Ricard.
“France after all it’s actually completely different, there’s very lengthy corners, high-speed corners,” he added.
“I believe one massive difficulty we’ve struggled with right here is tyre warm-up, particularly on the entrance axle. In order that needs to be a bit simpler within the subsequent race not less than after which we’ll see. However I believe heaps to be taught from this weekend, but in addition heaps to overlook.”