Valtteri Bottas has credited the “risks” taken by his Alfa Romeo team in enabling him to come away from the Monaco Grand Prix with more points.
The Finn had previously held high hopes for the weekend in Monte Carlo, but was left disappointed after missing out on progressing to Q3 during Saturday’s qualifying.
This left him to line up in P12 for Sunday’s race ahead of what proved to be an eventful afternoon, with the start of the Grand Prix delayed amid rainfall, while two red flags were brought out during the proceedings.
However, Bottas eventually finished in P9, further adding to his points tally of 40 which puts him in eighth place in the World Championship standings.
Bottas praises Alfa Romeo strategy calls
Bottas is relieved that he managed to avoid making any errors during the mixed conditions of the Monaco Grand Prix.
“It’s been a pretty long race, but we can be happy we made our opportunities count as a team,” the driver said afterwards.
“It was really easy to make mistakes out there and I am glad we didn’t: gaining positions in Monaco is never easy, so to end up in the points from P12 on the grid means it wasn’t a bad day.”
One of the key factors of the event was the timing of when to switch from Wet or Intermediate tyres to a dry compound during the changing weather, and Bottas has credited Alfa Romeo with getting these decisions right.
“We made the right strategic calls, which was a challenge as it was not easy to choose which tyres to pick at any time,” he added.
“We took some calculated risks and they paid off.”