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Valtteri Bottas

Bottas confused: I can't remember a weekend like this

The Mercedes driver was left baffled after a poor Azerbaijan GP weekend which saw him finish outside of the points in Baku

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Valtteri Bottas cannot explain his lack of pace at the Azerbaijan GP after he finished in 12th place. The Finn struggled all weekend, qualifying in 10th and was unable to make up much ground in the race.

Bottas feels that at no point in Azerbaijan did the car feel good on the streets of Baku.

"I can't remember this kind of week," Bottas told RacingNews365.com and other select members of the press. "There's been weekends where I've had a bad session but at some point I've had the pace.

"But this weekend, it's been all the time I've had no pace. I feel during the weekend, I haven't understood what is wrong.

"Quite early on in the race I could see that I just couldn't match the cars ahead. Especially when one of the Aston Martin drivers was ahead of me, I just could not keep up. I'm confused and it's really weird."

Bottas feels that their was either a fundamental problem with the car or he had a problem with switching on the Pirelli rubber in Baku.

"I know myself when I'm on the limit and I can't go faster," said Bottas. "Then I'm still eight tenths behind [Lewis Hamilton], it's not normal.

"The most logical reason would be if find something in the car [that was wrong]. If not, then the only thing must be the tyres.

"But we're running the same tyre pressures and same temperatures as Lewis so I'm keen to find out what was wrong."

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